Fungal tests are used to detect and identify fungi in order to diagnose infections and help guide treatment. Fungal testing typically includes a microscopic examination of the sample on a slide, sometimes using a preparation or stain to aid in detection of fungal elements. This may be sufficient to determine that the infection is due to a fungus and, with superficial infections, no further testing may be required.
However, in cases of persistent, deep, or systemic infections when a more definitive diagnosis is needed, the microscopic exam may be followed by additional tests, such as culture and susceptibility testing, antigen or antibody tests, or molecular tests that detect fungal genetic material.
Toxins released by fungi can cause multiple systemic symptoms, including but not limited to:
Bloating, constipation, gas, heartburn, inﬂammation, irritable bowel syndrome, bad breath (halitosis), oral thrush
Acne, dandruff, anal itching, dermatitis, nail fungus, discolored nails, hives Neurological: poor memory, tingling, anxiety, fatigue, mood swings, brain fog
Adrenal and thyroid malfunction, impotence, sex hormone imbalances
Fungal overgrowth can be the underlying cause of many chronic inﬂammatory symptoms or conditions, and symptoms can be identical to many other systemic infections, requiring highly accurate lab testing to provide deﬁnitive answers.
Antibodies to fungal microorganisms can often provide clues to fungal overgrowths in the human body that are otherwise difﬁcult to detect, due to bioﬁlm formation.
In patients with exposure to other fungal infections or mycoses, such as toxic mold exposure, concomitant fungal infections are common, and must also be detected and treated to ensure total return to health and well-being.