How to Diagnose Yeast Overgrowth
Although many people suffer from yeast infections, a more serious issue called yeast overgrowth can also occur. This issue occurs when there is an imbalance between the bacteria called Candida albicans and the immune system. This issue often occurs when the candida albicans are destroyed, or when the immune system isn’t working well because of sickness or increased stress. Once this occurs, the Candida spreads to body tissue all over the body.
Look for general symptoms of yeast overgrowth. These include symptoms such as: irritability, excessive lethargy, drowsiness and a general sense of feeling ill.
Make a note of musculoskeletal symptoms and gastrointestinal symptoms. Musculoskeletal symptoms may include aching of the muscles and pain in your joints. Yeast overgrowth may also cause gastrointestinal symptoms which can result in chronic cramps in the abdominal area, constipation and mucus in the stool.
Look for symptoms in the eyes, ear and nose area. This may include a scratchy throat and a white coating on the tongue. You may also have fluid in the ears and itchy burning eyes.
Request a stool test. Ask your doctor to conduct a stool test which will determine if you have Candia yeast overgrowth. Typically, you can drop a sample off at your doctor’s office and the results are available within a few days.
Request a blood test. Sometimes, yeast overgrowth is caused because of food sensitivity. In these cases, it’s best to have an ALCAT or RAST blood panel done to determine if your body is reacting to specific foods. These issues can often be treated by dietary changes.