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Clinical quiz - fungal infections

Are these statements true or false? To find out, click on the answers link at the bottom of the page

Are these statements true or false? To find out, click on the answers link at the bottom of the page

1. Oral thrush

A Occurs in about one in seven babies at some point

B Is most common at the age of eight weeks

C Can be treated at all ages with miconazole gel

D Is more common in premature babies

E Is caused by candida, which is part of the normal oral flora in 60% of healthy adults

2. Tinea corporis

A Causes skin lesions that are characteristically annular, with a raised edge

B Typically has an incubation period of one to three months

C Is always pruritic

D Can cause co-existing infection of the feet and nails

E The ‘active' edge becomes less distinct if treated inappropriately with topical steroids

3. Tinea versicolor

A Is caused by an overgrowth of the yeast Malassezia furfur

B Is characteristically itchy

C Affects mainly the chest, back and proximal limbs

D Requires oral antifungal therapy

E Causes hypopigmentation in heavily tanned individuals, which can take months to recover

4. Athlete's foot

A Causes lesions between the toes that are often itchy and painful

B May be complicated by cellulites

C When severe and affecting the whole sole is sometimes called ‘moccasin foot'

D Usually affects both feet equally

E When apparently confined to the toes, should also be treated with application of antifungal cream to the sole

Click here for the answers Oral thrush Tinea corporis Tinea versicolor Athlete's foot

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