What Can Your Saliva Tell You?

What can be detected in a saliva test?

At the proteomic level, there are saliva-based antibody tests to detect viruses, including hepatitis A virus, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, HIV-1, measles virus, rubella virus and vesicular stomatitis virus mumps virus, among others..

What does it mean when your saliva is thick and sticky?

Sticky, thick saliva can also be a sign of dehydration. When you’re dehydrated, your body isn’t taking in enough fluids to replace those that are lost, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Is it good to swallow your saliva?

Swallowing saliva further protects the digestive tract by shielding the esophagus from harmful irritants, and helping to prevent gastrointestinal reflux (heartburn).

What color should your saliva be?

Clear sputum: Clear sputum is usually normal, although it may be increased in some lung diseases. White or gray sputum: White or grayish tinged sputum can also be normal, but may be present in increased amounts with some lung diseases or precede other color changes associated with other conditions.

What does a saliva hormone test show?

Saliva testing measures the bioavailable hormone – the clinically relevant portion delivered to the receptors in the tissues of the body. Salivary hormone levels are expected to be much lower than serum levels, as only the unbound hormones are being measured.

Why would a doctor swab your mouth?

The purpose of a throat swab culture is to detect the presence of organisms in the throat that could cause infection. For example, the presence of group A streptococcus bacteria (Streptococcus pyogenes) in your throat is a key sign that you may have strep throat. Streptococcal bacteria are very contagious.