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1,3 Beta-D-Glucan (BDG) is a diagnostic test that is used to detect fungal infections such as aspergillosis and invasive candidiasis. Fungi are one of the most prevalent pathogens in our surrounding environment and are usually harmless. However, when certain types of fungi enter the body and spread rapidly, they can cause severe infections and life-threatening complications. The BDG test is a non-invasive blood test that helps in the early detection of fungal infections.
Fungal infections can affect various parts of the body, and the symptoms can vary depending on the specific type of fungal infection and the area it affects. Here are some common symptoms associated with fungal infections:
1. Skin Infections
Itchy, red, or inflamed skin
Rash or patches of raised, scaly skin
Blisters or pustules
Cracking or peeling of the skin
Discoloured or darkened skin
Fungal nail infections (thickened, brittle, or discoloured nails)
2. Oral Infections (Oral Thrush):
White, creamy patches on the tongue, inner cheeks, or roof of the mouth
Pain or discomfort while eating or swallowing
Loss of taste
Redness or soreness in the affected area
3. Vaginal Infections (Vaginal Candidiasis):
Itching, burning, or irritation in the vaginal area
Thick, white vaginal discharge that resembles cottage cheese
Redness or swelling of the vulva
Pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse or urination
4. Respiratory Infections:
Shortness of breath
Chest pain or discomfort
Fever and chills (in severe cases)
5. Systemic Infections:
Fatigue or weakness
Muscle aches or joint pain
Nausea or vomiting
It's important to note that these symptoms can overlap with other conditions, and a proper medical diagnosis is necessary to confirm a fungal infection. If you suspect you have a fungal infection or are experiencing persistent symptoms, it is recommended to seek medical attention for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
During the BDG test, a small blood sample is drawn from the patient's vein using a needle and syringe. The blood sample is then sent to the laboratory for analysis. The lab specialist will process the sample and look for the presence of BDG in the blood. The results are usually available within six days.
The treatment of fungal infections depends on the type and severity of the infection as well as the area of the body affected. Here are some common treatment options for fungal infections:
In addition to medication, other measures that can help manage and prevent fungal infections include practising good hygiene, keeping the affected area clean and dry, wearing clean and breathable clothing, avoiding sharing personal items, such as towels or combs, and maintaining a healthy immune system.
It is important to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment of fungal infections. They can evaluate your specific condition and recommend the most suitable treatment option for you.
In some cases, a clinical test may be necessary to confirm the presence of a fungal infection. This is especially true if the patient is asymptomatic or if the BDG results are equivocal. Confirmatory tests may include imaging studies like CT scans and MRIs, or other laboratory tests like culture and histopathology.
Booking a BDG test on Apollo 24|7 is easy. Patients can log in to the website or mobile app, select the BDG test, and book an appointment at their convenient time. The test results will be available within six days of sample collection. Early detection of fungal infections through the BDG test can help in timely treatment, reducing morbidity and mortality rates. Other benefits of early detection include quick recovery, reduced hospital stay, and cost savings.
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The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results