Besides a scope how else can you test for candida? My sons doc doesn’t see any connection. But I know you know your stuff Dr Dianna it only makes since to at least check for it. Thats my opinion anyway! 🙂
They can also do a fungal culture. Although, Candia Spc, in low numbers, are present as normal flora. If your tongue or your son’s tongue has a white film that can be scraped off it can be yeast. When Dr. Diana says to spit into a glass to see if you have the streamers form after an hour to two, that is the Candia albicans forming its pseudohyphae. In the lab we preform a germ tube test that is diagnostic for C. albicans. We grow the yeast up on a special agar plate then we put an isolated colony of the yeast into fetal bovine serum to see if it forms germ tubes within two hours. Your doctor or you kids’s pedi can order a fungal culture. All they need to do is take a scraping of your tongue with a swab and send it to a lab. You should have the results back with in a week to 10 days if yeast are present. Has your son been on antibiotics or steroids recently? Even the inhaled ones for asthma? They can cause an overgrowth of yeast.