Testing Guide

choosing a collection kit

It’s important to collect the right sample for testing. This guide will help you determine which kit is best for you, your family, or your patients.

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We offer 11 different collection kits

· Blood Plasma

· Breast Milk

· Cerebrospinal Fluid

· Deep Nasal Swab

· Fecal

· Prostate Secretion

· Sputum

· Tissue

· Urine

· Vaginal Swab

· Wound Swab

If you need a sample tested that is not listed here, please contact us. We will work with you to determine if and how the sample can be collected.


Choose affected body part

  • Ear, Nose and Throat

  • Gastrointestinal

  • Urinary / Genital

  • Lungs / Chest

  • Wound / Skin

  • Tissue

  • Cardiovascular / Lymphatic

  • Nervous System

  • Behavioral

  • Eye

  • Breast Milk

Ear, Nose and Throat

If you are experiencing ear, nose and/or throat issues, select one of the following sample collection kits, depending on your symptoms.

Sputum

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with exposure to significant mold, unusual phlegm, change in or new coughing, asthma, shortness of breath, chronic bronchitis, and/or tightness in the chest.

Who can collect this type of sample?
You or your health care provider can collect this sample.

How does collection work?
Cough up phlegm from your lungs and spit into the sample collection tube. If you have trouble coughing up phlegm, then a healthcare provider may need to perform oropharyngeal suctioning to collect the sample.

What might this type of sample detect?
Candida, Tuberculosis, Whooping Cough, Legionnaire’s Disease

deep nasal swab

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with sinusitis, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, and/or chronic upper respiratory infections.

Who can collect this type of sample?
Your health care provider should collect this sample to ensure collection is done to proper specifications and without contamination of the sample.

How does collection work?
Rub the swab firmly in the nasal cavity area, inserting the swab ~3 inches into the nostril. The swab should be rotated to cover the entire surface of the swab. Then insert the swab into the sample collection tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
Fungal Rhinitis, Chronic Sinus/Nasal Infections, Herpes, Papillomaviruses, MRSA

cough swab

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with your respiratory system, coughing, asthma, or you have trouble breathing and unable to collect a sputum sample.

Who can collect this type of sample?
You or your health care provider can collect this sample.

How does collection work?
You will cough into a tissue 5-10 times without swallowing and proceed to swab the back and sides of your throat. Then insert the swab into the sample collection tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
Diphtheria, SARS, Scarlet Fever, Croup, Mumps, Epstein Barr Virus


Please review any questions you may have related to this test prior to collecting your sample in order to ensure you properly collect the sample.

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Gastrointestinal

If you are experiencing gastrointestinal issues, you should choose one of the following sample collection kits, depending on your symptoms.

FECAL

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with your lower gastrointestinal tract (anus, rectum, colon, lower abdomen). These may include poor digestion, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, pain in abdomen or rectum, unusual weight gain or weight loss, and/or changes in your mental state.

Who can collect this type of sample?
You or your health care provider can collect this sample.

How does collection work?
Defecate onto the provided fecal catcher and scoop fecal material into transport tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
Dysbiosis, Bacterial/Virial Gastroenteritis, Helminthic Diseases (Fluke, Tapeworm, Whipworm, Tapeworm), Botulism

oral swab

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with gum infections, mouth ulcers, bleeding gums, tooth pain, tooth loss, tooth decay, or difficulty eating.

Who can collect this type of sample?
You or your health care provider can collect this sample.

How does collection work?
Defecate onto the provided fecal catcher and scoop fecal material into transport tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
Epstein Barr Virus, Dental Caries, Herpes, Oral Candidiasis


Please review any questions you may have related to this test prior to collecting your sample in order to ensure you properly collect the sample.

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Urinary / Genital

If you are experiencing urinary/genital issues, you should choose one of the following sample collection kits, depending on your symptoms.

urine

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with increased urination, burning or pain while urinating, painful ejaculation, kidney pain.

Who can collect this type of sample?
You or your health care provider can collect this sample.

How does collection work?
Collect first-morning urine sample in a sterile urine cup.

What might this type of sample detect?
Chronic Urinary Tract Infections, Leptospirosis, Urethritis (by Herpes, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia), JC/BK Virus (HPV1, HPV2), Schistosomiasis, Trichomoniasis

VAGINAL SWAB

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with vaginal irritation, itching, and/or discharge.

Who can collect this type of sample?
You or your health care provider can collect this sample.

How does collection work?
Insert the sterile swab into the vaginal space. Then insert the swab into the sample collection tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Syphilis, Candidiasis, Trichomoniasis, Genital Herpes, Genital Warts, Gonorrhea, Urethritis

URETHRAL SWAB

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with penile irritation, swelling, discharge, itching, painful ejaculation, and/or burning or pain while urinating.

Who can collect this type of sample?
Your health care provider should collect this sample as the procedure can be difficult and uncomfortable to do.

How does collection work?
A sterile swab inserted through the tip of the penis into the urethra. Then insert the swab into the sample collection tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Syphilis, Candidiasis, Trichomoniasis, Genital Herpes, Genital Warts, Gonorrhea, Urethritis (by Herpes, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia)

EXPRESSED PROSTATE SECRETION (EPS)

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with painful ejaculation, inflamed prostate, increased urination, and/or burning or pain while urinating.

Who can collect this type of sample?
Your health care provider should collect this sample.

How does collection work?
Your health care provider will stimulate the prostate through a prostate massage via the anus. The prostate secretions will collect in the urethra and should be deposited into the sample collection tube by voiding a small amount of urine.

What might this type of sample detect?
Prostatitis, Human Polyomavirus 1, Human Polyomavirus 2


Please review any questions you may have related to this test prior to collecting your sample in order to ensure you properly collect the sample.

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Lungs / Chest

If you are experiencing lungs and chest issues, you should choose one of the following sample collection kits, depending on your symptoms.

Sputum

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated to exposure to significant mold, unusual phlegm, change in or new coughing, asthma, shortness of breath, chronic bronchitis, and/or tightness in the chest.

Who can collect this type of sample?
You or your health care provider can collect this sample.

How does collection work?
Cough up phlegm from your lungs and spit into the sample collection tube. A healthcare provider may need to perform oropharyngeal suctioning to collect the sample.

What might this type of sample detect?
Candida, Tuberculosis, Whooping Cough, Legionnaire’s Disease

COUGH SWAB

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with coughing, asthma, chest tightness (unrelated to cardiovascular) or you have trouble breathing and unable to collect a sputum sample.

Who can collect this type of sample?
You or your health care provider can collect this sample.

How does collection work?
You will cough into a tissue 5-10 times (do not swallow) and proceed to swab the back and sides of your throat. Insert swab into the sample collection tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
Diphtheria, SARS, Scarlet Fever, Croup, Mumps, Epstein Barr Virus


Please review any questions you may have related to this test prior to collecting your sample in order to ensure you properly collect the sample.

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Wound / Skin

If you are experiencing wound issues, you should choose one of the following sample collection kits, depending on your symptoms.

swab

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with redness, soreness, or swelling, blistering of the skin, and/or rash.

Who can collect this type of sample?
You or your health care provider can collect this sample.

How does collection work?
Using the sterile swab in the sample collection kit, rub along and/or into the wound. Insert swab into sample collection tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
Acne, Necrotizing Fasciitis, Impetigo, Cutaneous Candidiasis, Herpes, Shingles, Measles, Rubella, Smallpox, Monkeypox, Warts (HPV), Dermatophytosis, Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, Leprosy

deep nasal swab

Why choose this kit?
Select this collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with the nasal cavity, nares, or sinuses.

Who can collect this type of sample?
You or your health care provider can collect this sample.


Please review any questions you may have related to this test prior to collecting your sample in order to ensure you properly collect the sample.

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Tissue

If you are experiencing issues relating to a specific location of your body (internal or external), you should choose one of the following sample collection kits, depending on your symptoms.

TISSUE BIOPSY

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with redness, soreness, or swelling, blistering of the skin, and/or rash.

Who can collect this type of sample?
Your health care provider must collect this sample.

How does collection work?
Your health care provider will surgically remove a small portion of the infected wound. Insert tissue into sample collection tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
Acne, Necrotizing Fasciitis, Impetigo, Cutaneous Candidiasis, Herpes, Shingles, Measles, Rubella, Smallpox, Monkeypox, Warts (HPV), Dermatophytosis, Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, Leprosy


Please review any questions you may have related to this test prior to collecting your sample in order to ensure you properly collect the sample.

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Cardiovascular / Lymphatic

If you are experiencing cardiovascular issues, you should choose one of the following sample collection kits, depending on your symptoms.

PLASMA

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with chronic fatigue, joint pain, nausea, rash, sore throat, swollen glands, headache and/or altered mental state.

Who can collect this type of sample?
Your health care provider or phlebotomist must collect this sample as it is a blood draw.

How does collection work?
A whole blood sample will be taken and then centrifuged to separate out the plasma. The plasma will be inserted into the sample collection tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
Endocarditis, Brucellosis, Plague, Lyme Disease, Relapsing Fever (Lyme Coinfections), Cat Scratch Disease, Rat-bite Fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Epidemic/Endemic Typhus, Ehrlichiosis, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, Epstein Barr Virus, Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, Early Stage African Sleeping Sickness, Toxoplasmosis, Malaria, Babesiosis

FLUID (PERICARDIAL)

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with chest pressure, fever, dry cough, fatigue, edema in lower legs, and/or rib pain.

Who can collect this type of sample?
Your health care provider must collect this sample.

How does collection work?
Your health care provider will surgically enter a space between the ribs into the pericardial sac to draw the fluid. The fluid will be inserted into the sample collection tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
Endocarditis


Please review any questions you may have related to this test prior to collecting your sample in order to ensure you properly collect the sample.

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Nervous System

If you are experiencing neurological issues, you should choose one of the following sample collection kits, depending on your symptoms.

Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)

Why choose this kit?
Select this collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with stiff neck, nausea, fatigue, altered mental state, light sensitivity, headaches/migraines, muscle weakness, disorientation, irritability, rhythmic muscle contractions, and or seizures.

Who can collect this type of sample?
Your health care provider can collect this sample.

How does collection work?
Your health care provider will surgically insert a needle between vertebrae via a lumbar puncture to draw the cerebrospinal fluid. The fluid is then inserted into sample collection tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
Tetanus, Cryptococcal Meningitis, Meningococcal Meningitis, Poliomyelitis, Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM), Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML), Arboviral Encephalitis (West Nile, Eastern Equine, Western Equine, St Louis)

Fecal

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with constipation, nausea, vomiting, weak eye muscles, fatigue, facial muscle weakness, shortness of breath, and/or slow reflexes.

Who can collect this type of sample?
You or your health care provider can collect this sample.

How does collection work?
Defecate onto the provided fecal catcher and scoop fecal material into collection tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
Dysbiosis, Bacterial/Virial Gastroenteritis, Helminthic Diseases (Fluke, Tapeworm, Whipworm, Tapeworm), Botulism

Deep Nasal Swab

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with PANS/PANDAS in combination with a Fecal sample. Supporting literature suggests a strong Brain/Gut connection via the Vagus Nerve.

Who can collect this type of sample?
Your health care provider should collect this sample as it is difficult and uncomfortable to do.

How does collection work?
Rub the swab firmly in the nasal cavity area, inserting the swab ~3 inches into the nostril. The swab should be rotated to cover the entire surface of the swab. Then insert the swab into the sample collection tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
PANS/PANDAS, Fungal Rhinitis, Chronic Sinus/Nasal Infections, Herpes, Papillomaviruses, MRSA


Please review any questions you may have related to this test prior to collecting your sample in order to ensure you properly collect the sample.

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Behavioral

Disclaimer: The relation between brain and gut is an ongoing field of research. Please consult your doctor and/or our clinical specialist prior to ordering. While this sample type may give insight into current symptoms it does not replace the need for additional testing to be done by other medical professionals.

Fecal

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with constipation, nausea, vomiting, weak eye muscles, fatigue, facial muscle weakness, shortness of breath, and/or slow reflexes.

Who can collect this type of sample?
You or your health care provider can collect this sample.

How does collection work?
Defecate onto the provided fecal catcher and scoop fecal material into sample collection tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
Dysbiosis, PANS/PANDAS, Bacterial/Virial Gastroenteritis, Helminthic Diseases (Fluke, Tapeworm, Whipworm, Tapeworm), Botulism

Deep Nasal Swab

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with PANS/PANDAS in combination with a Fecal sample. Supporting literature suggests a strong Brain/Gut connection via the Vagus Nerve.

Who can collect this type of sample?
Your health care provider should collect this sample as it can be difficult and uncomfortable to do.

How does collection work?
Rub the swab firmly in the nasal cavity area, inserting the swab ~3 inches into the nostril. The swab should be rotated to cover the entire surface of the swab. Then insert the swab into the sample collection tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
PANS/PANDAS, Fungal Rhinitis, Chronic Sinus/Nasal Infections, Herpes, Papillomaviruses, MRSA


Please review any questions you may have related to this test prior to collecting your sample in order to ensure you properly collect the sample.

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Eye

If you are experiencing ocular issues, choose one of the following sample collection kits, depending on your symptoms.

Swab (Ocular)

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with red, itchy eyelids, dry eyes, ocular discharge, and/or puffy eyes.

Who can collect this type of sample?
Your healthcare provider should collect this sample.

How does collection work?
Use a sterile swab and rub against the areas of visible infection and then insert into the sample collection tube.

What might this type of sample detect?
Blepharitis (Demodex, Phthiriasis), Conjunctivitis (Bacterial, Neonatal, Adult Inclusion, Epidemic), Keratitis (Contact Lense, Trachoma, Onchocerciasis)


Please review any questions you may have related to this test prior to collecting your sample in order to ensure you properly collect the sample.

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Breast Milk

If you are experiencing issues, choose one of the following sample collection kits, depending on your symptoms.

Swab (Ocular)

Why choose this kit?
Select this sample collection kit if your primary symptoms are associated with mammary glands.

Who can collect this type of sample?
Your healthcare provider should collect this sample.

How does collection work?
This sample must be collected by expressing breast milk into a sterile container.

What might this type of sample detect?
Cytomegalovirus, HIV-1, HTLV-1, HTL-1 and HTLV-1, HTLV-2


Please review any questions you may have related to this test prior to collecting your sample in order to ensure you properly collect the sample.

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