CANDIDA PANEL AT NOBLE
Like small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), candida overgrowth is relatively common. Candida albicans can be either a harmless commensal organism or a potentially aggressive pathogen. To prevent Candida from becoming pathogenic requires the following: maintenance of normal bacterial flora in the mucosa, a healthy epithelium, and a competent immune system.
If overgrowth of candida is occuring often laboratory tests will reveal elevated IgG antibodies.
Symptoms associated with Candida overgrowth include:
- brain fog or clouded thinking
- low mood or depression
- IBS – diarrhea
- low energy/fatigue
- menstrual pain
- vaginal yeast infections
- chronic urinary tract infections
The Candida Panel includes an assessment of three types of Candida antibodies; IgG, IgA and IgM. These different antibodies can help to inform the naturopathic doctor as to the timing and severity of the overgrowth.
After appropriate treatment to rebalance the normal flora and suppress the candida overgrowth symptom presentation and severity is used to determine treatment effectiveness.