Note: This is a home collection test kit that will be mailed to you.
Fasting Required: No
Special Instructions: Ship to lab Monday-Thursday only.
The following are interfering substances and should be discontinued unless directed otherwise by your physician: bentonite clay, castor oil, mineral oil, rectal suppositories. If you are taking a medication that isn’t listed as an interfering substance, ask your health care professional before stopping any prescribed substance.
2 weeks before test: If taking antibiotics or antifungals – or taking beneficial flora supplements (acidophilus, etc.) or consuming food products containing beneficial flora (e.g. Activia®) – it is recommended that you wait at least 14 days after your last dose before beginning the test (unless instructed otherwise by your physician). There may be times when you healthcare provider prefers that you stay on one of these agents (e.g. acidophilus) in order to evaluate its effectiveness. Follow your healthcare provider’s recommendation.
Eat your usual diet during the 2 -3 days prior to stool collection.
Results: 10-12 Business Days
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
An ideal test for patients with sudden changes in bowel pattern, especially for those who have been traveling abroad or camping and can help reveal hidden causes behind acute or chronic conditions that develop from parasitic infections.