There are several different methods you can use to test for Candida. I’ll start with some home tests.
First, you have a standard itch test. This involves keeping a journal and tracking – no joke – every single time you have an itch on your body. You’ll become super aware of yourself and you may be surprised at how itchy you are on a regular basis. Itching is a pretty strong sign you may have a problem, so if you find yourself super-conscious of itching over 2-3 days (and I do mean everywhere on your body), you may need to see a doctor or naturopath.
A very common and popular home test is the Candida Spit Test. You’ll start your morning by spitting into a clean glass of water. You can’t eat, drink, or brush your teeth – his has to be the first thing you do. You’ll monitor the water over an hour, checking on it every 15 minutes or so. If your spit is clear and floats at the top of the glass, you likely don’t have an infection. If your spit is cloudy and floats, cloudy and floats with tendrils coming down from it, breaks into particles that sink into the glass, or sinks to the bottom, you may just have a problem.
There are some other home tests, but these are most common. As far as medical testing goes, you can also ask your doctor or naturopath to do a urine test, a stool sample test, or a blood test. If you have a Candida overgrowth, your body will have extra chemicals in your bodily fluids thanks to the byproducts the organism itself creates, so your doctor can use a wide variety of methods to test for those. The best home test is probably the Candia5 home test, it's the most accurate, very inexpensive, but does require a prick of your blood.
Home testing shouldn’t be your only stop. You are encouraged to use a home test as a starting point for conversation with your doctor or naturopath. Make sure you are properly diagnosed before starting any treatment.