Wont A Vaginal Swab Be Sufficient To Detect My Yeast Infection
Hi there, Eric Bakker, naturopath, anotherquestion here. Here's a question from Susie in Tennessee. Would a vaginal swab be sufficient to detectmy yeast infection? That's a good question, Susie, and one I getasked every now and then from different patients. Women are often used to going to a for a vaginal swab to determine the presence of a yeast infection to make sure it's a bacterialinfection or a yeast infection. I just want to know what kind of infection I've got. Soit's important to remember, though, that a swab does not differentiate between a Candidainfection and a vaginal colony of normally
occurring vaginal Candida. The cotton swab is sampling the surface ofthe vaginal wall, and it won't tell you if your immune system is actually involved orif it's been producing antibodies against the Candida itself. The test will only indicatewhat's going on locally and not systemically. Another problem with a vaginal sampling isthat if you're using a pessary or been douching the area or it's been sanitized to a degree,then it might return a false reading; you may not get a positive response and that couldreally throw you out and then you really won't know what's going on there. You didn't thinkabout those points, did you? I'll bet you
didn't. This catches quite a few people out,so you need to be careful about interpreting Candida tests, including vaginal swabs. So the results could be negative; the resultscould be positive, so how do you really know what's going on there? Don't make any falseassumptions there. And a vaginal swab doesn't necessarily always determine the presenceof a yeast infection for that reason. You may want to think carefully about having thatdouche or that pessary just prior to getting the vaginal sampling done. That's a good pointthere. So look at the totality of your symptoms aswell to see what other kind of problems do
you have? Like fatigue, digestive problems,gas, bloating, sugar cravings, these things could also alert you toward a yeast infection.Be particularly careful there. I hope this answers your question. There are a lot more questions and a lot moreanswers you'll find on my YouTube channel, so be sure to have a look. And if the questionis not there, go to candidacrusher and ask me the question and I'll be sure to reply.And please subscribe to my Candida Crusher YouTube channel. And furthermore, if you reallywant to know about the female yeast infection, do my online survey at yeastinfection that will give you some good pointers as well.
I hope that answers your question. Thank you.
Examination of Vaginal Wet Preps
music It's a typical day. A patient has noticedsome itching, or maybe an unpleasant vaginal odor. During her exam, the ian willcheck vaginal pH, examine any discharge that's present, and collect a sample. Then, it'son to the microscope. music This is where you'll gather more specificinformationabout what's causing those vaginal symptoms. We'll show you how to prepare andexamine vaginal wet preps and how to do a whiff test. The results, combined with the patient's vaginal pH test, will aid in the diagnosis.
Under the microscope, you'll be looking for trichomonads, yeast, and the clue cells associated with bacterial vaginosis. We'll show you how to recognize them. music First, the microscope itself: This is a compoundlight microscope. It has several objective lenses on a rotating mount. For our purpose,one of these has to be a 10x low power objective, and one has to be a 40x for greater magnification.This flat part, under the objectives, is the stage. Under the stage is the condenser. Belowthat, at the base of the microscope, is the light source. There are two knobs that controlfocus; one for coarse adjustment and one for
fine adjustment. And these are the oculars,or eyepieces. We'll come back to the microscope in a minute, but first, let's look at how to prepare wet mount slides. The complete vaginal wet mount involves botha saline prep and a potassium hydroxide, or KOH, prep. When the vaginal sample was collected,the swab was placed in a test tube with approximately half a milliliter of saline. So, for the salineprep, you only have to take a drop of the suspension and place it on a slide. Add acoverslip, being careful to avoid trapping air bubbles. Your saline slide is ready.Place a second drop of the vaginal sample on another slide and add one drop of 10 percentKOH. Sniff the preparation immediately, using
your hand to waft any odor toward your nose.This is the whiff test. Note if there's a fishy or amine odor. Then add a coverslip,avoiding air bubbles. Keep in mind that you must work quickly to prepare and examine thewet mounts. That's because trichomonads may lose their characteristic motility within15 to 20 minutes. Before we move on now, though, let's lookat the cast of characters you may discover. These are normal squamous epithelial cellsfound in the vagina. They're large, flat cells with a small nucleus and a large area of cytoplasm.Note that there is some granularity in the cytoplasm.
Polymorphonuclear leukocytes are known asPolys, or PMNs. They may also be called white blood cells, or WBCs. These are small roundcells. Several lobes of the nucleus are visible within the surrounding cell cytoplasm. Findingmany PMNs may indicate infection. Trichomonads are pearshaped protozoa whichmove by means of flagella. Trichomonads are similar in size to PMNs and are identifiedby their characteristic jerking movement. The actual flagella may be too thin and toorapidlymoving to be seen. A clue cell is a squamous epithelial cellcoated with enough small bacteria that at least 75 percent of the cell's border is obliterated.It may look as if someone has spread glue
over the cell and pressed it in sand. Cluecells are associated with bacterial vaginosis, a condition in which the normal microbialflora of the vagina is disrupted. Yeast may be found in two forms. Pseudohyphaeare the long, tubular, branching forms. Budding yeast are paired yeast cells that resemblea shoe print. The larger part is the sole and the smaller bud is the heel of the shoe. The saline prep will allow you to see epithelialcells, PMNs, trichomonads, and clue cells. You can also see yeast in saline, but sometimesit's hidden by epithelial cells or by PMNs. Red blood cells, sperm, and bacteria can alsobe seen.