Fungal Antibodies - Blood Spot

Test Details

Lab Company: Vibrant Wellness
Sample Type: Blood Spot
Collection Location: At Home

The Fungal Antibodies profile tests for the presence of exposure to or infection by fungal microorganisms. 

🔑 Key Details 📦 Shipping
Preparation & Timing 📊 Results
🧪 Collection Instructions 📚 More Resources
💳 Requisition & Payment
💬 Questions?

Key Details 

  • If you are currently taking (or have recently taken) certain medications, consult your healthcare provider regarding the timing of collection.
  • Let the collection card dry for at least 2 hours prior to shipping.
  • Ship samples via FedEx using the provided, prepaid mailer.

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Preparation & Timing

  • Hydrate the day prior to your test.
  • Collect your sample when you will have at least 15 minutes of uninterrupted time. 
  • If you are currently taking (or have recently taken) any of the following medications, consult your healthcare provider regarding the timing of collection. These medications can cause falsely low or high antibody results.
    • Steroids
    • Immunosuppressive medications
    • Biologic agents
    • Other immunomodulating medications

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Collection Instructions

  1. Write your name, date of birth, and the date and time of collection on the collection card.
  2. Open the alcohol wipe.
  3. Wash your hands with warm (not hot) water for at least 1 minute.
  4. Dry your hands with a clean towel.
  5. Rub your hands together and swing your arms to encourage blood flow. 
  6. Choose a finger on your non-dominant hand to poke.
  7. Rub your chosen finger from base to tip. 
  8. In one single swoop, wipe the tip of your finger with the alcohol wipe.
  9. Open the lancet by twisting the cap off.
  10. Turn your palm up and press the lancet into the side of your chosen finger until you hear a click and feel a pinch.
  11. Wipe the first drop of blood away with the gauze pad.
  12. Rub your finger from base to tip.
  13. Allow a blood drop to form.
  14. Let the blood drop fall from your finger into the collection circle.
    1. Do NOT touch your finger to the card.
  15. Fill the circle as full as possible with a single drop of blood.
    1. Do NOT add a second drop of blood to a circle.
  16. Fill in all of the collection card circles.
  17. Use a gauze pad to wipe the blood off your finger and apply pressure.
  18. Bandage your finger.
  19. Leave the collection card open to dry for at least 2 hours in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.
    1. Do NOT add additional blood drops after the spots have dried.
    2. The blood spots will darken as they dry.
  20. Fold the collection card.
  21. Place the collection card in the biohazard bag with the humidity indicator and silica gel packs.
  22. Seal the bag tightly.

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Requisition & Payment

  • Your kit has been prepaid. You do NOT need to pay anything
  • Instructions on how to fill out your requisition can be found HERE.
    • Since you pre-paid for your tests, you do not need to fill in the payment information on any of these forms.

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Shipping

  • To prepare your sample  for shipping,
    • Ensure the collection card has dried for at least 2 hours and is completely dry.
    • Place the collection card in the biohazard bag with the humidity indicator and silica gel packs.
    • Seal the bag tightly.
    • Place the biohazard bag into the provided, prepaid bubble mailer.
    • Seal the FedEx mailer.
  • Make a note of the tracking number on the return mailer so that you can track your sample back to the lab.
  • Ship your sample via FedEx.
    • You can take your sample to the nearest FedEx location.
    • DO NOT place your sample in a FedEx drop box. 

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Results

  • Results should be released to your provider 7-14 days after samples are received at the lab. We cannot guarantee processing time. 
  • Your provider will notify you when your results are in and schedule a follow-up appointment for you to review them together. 
  • Your provider may choose to release your results to you. Rupa cannot release your results without provider authorization.

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More Resources

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Questions?

For general questions, email Rupa Health at support@rupahealth.com. For test-specific questions, contact Vibrant Wellness by calling 1-866-364-0963 or chatting with support