This article discusses some of the aspects self test for yeast infection and how to self diagnose for the condition through a series of questions or by completing a self test questionnaire. If you have never knowingly ever had a yeast infection before but suspect that you have one now it is certainly worth considering consultation with your medical advisor where a sample and laboratory test can confirm the condition. The purpose of the self test is to narrow down the possibilities and it is thought that women who have had yeast infection before are quite successful in self-diagnosis. If you think you have a recurring yeast infection condition then further professional consultation is advisable because a recurrence may be indicative of a more serious underlying health problem.
The Yeast Infection Self Test
What sort of things are included an what questions do I need to ask myself? Well perhaps the first one is whether you fall into a higher risk category or risk group. High risk groups fall into various categories one of which is age. Although infection can occur at any age it is most common within the 18 to 45 year old age group. That said, there is also reason for an increased chance of the infection condition with age as in older people certain organs (for example: pancreas) can become less efficient in controlling the sugar balance within the body and with an increase in blood sugar comes a higher risk of candida infection.
There is a link to diabetes and candida infection because of that, there is another question in a typical infection test? Are you diabetic? With diabetes, you may not actually know whether or not you have diabetes, so if you have an infection this may actually be a sign that you have an underlying diabetic problem so it could be worth seeking advice from a suitably qualified health professional.
Other high risk groups are smokers and heavy drinkers and people who consume high amounts of sugary foods.
Within a yeast infection test you may be asked a comprehensive and specifically ordered set of questions each with a weighted points scoring system. The questions are wide ranging and include your medical history, your history of antibiotic intake (as this can be a cause of candidiasis) and whether or not you have any of the other infection symptoms from a long list which includes depression, poor memory, fatigue, a burning feeling during urination and skin rashes, to name just a few.
The end result is a score which will give a good indication of whether you have an infection and also the extent of the condition with a high score pointing toward a probable systemic yeast infection problem.
It is a good alternative to laboratory testing and will certainly alert you to a potential problem (or not if you don't have one of course) and can be carried out privately as a self test in your own time and in your own time and place of choice.