Candida is a broad grouping of certain yeasts. This genus is the most frequent cause of fungal infections; however, many species of Candida are benign and even helpful, albeit not to the human body. We will not be discussing those here – the primary concern for this discussion is to teach a method for preliminary screening method for determining whether one has an oral Candida infection, and how to treat it if the diagnosis is definite. This spit test for Candida infection is actually very simple to do:
- First thing you should do after waking up is to get a glass of clean water. Do not brush your teeth or put anything in your mouth before this. It may help to prepare a glass by your bedside to remind you of this.
- Instead of drinking this water, build up your saliva and spit in the glass of water. Get as much saliva as you can in the water. It may help to close your lips to ensure that no air goes in and then suck in to elicit more saliva to come out of their glands.
- Wait for a few minutes – three should be enough. In the meantime you could brush your teeth or drink another glass of water.
- Examine how the spit is in the glass. If you spot tiny filaments hanging from the water line, tiny particles floating in the water, or you see that your saliva has precipitated, or clouded up at the bottom of the glass, then that means you may have an oral Candida infection.
Please keep in mind that this do-it-yourself diagnostic procedure is, as of this edition, not verified by medical literature. It only relies on the fact that if there are fungi in your saliva, they will be revealed by placing them in a clearer, purer medium than your saliva. The fibers present are the filaments (hyphae) of the Candida, which are present in most species of fungi. The other possible signs of Candida mentioned in the spit test procedure are from the physical properties of the fungus in question. Since Candida ferments sucrose (table sugar) and glucose to acids, these products may present as a different substance in the person’s saliva, more easily seen as a cloudy formation in the pure water. The tiny particles that may be present represent the fungus spores.
It must be stressed that since there is no current formal medical literature supporting this test, this is merely a factor to contribute to going to your physician. More definite signs of a Candida infection are whitish plaques present along the mucous membranes of the mouth, which may be painful to the touch and can be scraped off.
If Candida is present, do not use antibiotics without a prescription. In the first place, antibiotics should not at all be used without the prescription of a doctor, and should be used according to the physician’s instructions. Candida infections have been known to happen because the strain has displayed resistance to antibiotics and could no longer be treated with the antibiotics available. Please do not expose Candida, or any other bacteria or fungus, to antibiotics because of the possibility that some may survive. Besides this, do not take antibiotics and leave the course unfinished. Just because the symptoms have subsided does not mean that the infection has ended. The bacteria or fungi that are left have proven themselves capable of living through the antibiotic, and therefore will pass down their antibiotic resistance to their offspring, leaving us with a strain resistant to the antibiotic treatment normally used for the bacteria or fungus in question.
In any case, it is best to seek professional medical advice. This is only meant to guide you to proper treatment. This spit test for Candida infection and its result should be taken with a grain of salt, as there are other things that could cause a false positive or false negative.