Identification of abnormal levels of specific yeast species in the stool is an important diagnostic step in therapeutic planning for someone with chronic gastrointestinal and extra-gastrointestinal symptoms.
Infection with yeast species can cause a variety of symptoms, both intra- and extra- gastrointestinal, and may escape suspicion as a pathogenic agent in many cases. Controversy remains as to the relationship between Candida infection and episodes of recurrent diarrhea. However, episodes of yeast infection after short-term and long-term antibiotic use have been identified in patients with both gastrointestinal and vaginal symptoms.
There is some evidence linking yeast infections with more chronic extra-gastrointestinal conditions. Studies suggest that the production of antibodies against Candida Albicans may contribute to eczema in young adults. Other studies have identified the potential role of candidiasis in chronic fatigue syndrome.
Talk to your health care provider about having a Yeast Culture test today!
**Description courtesy of Doctor’s Data Inc