A Germ by Any Other Name: 'Stomach Flu' and Other Medical Misnomers
by Staff
Most of us know what causes a case of the Mondays or tennis elbow -- Mondays and racquet sports -- but what about other conditions and illnesses? You can't always judge a disease by its name. Do you know what causes the stomach flu?

What causes the chicken pox?

  • chickens
  • chick peas
  • herpesvirus

True or false: Chicken pox and shingles are caused by the same virus.

  • true
  • false

How did "fifth disease" get its name?

  • It was the fifth disease on a list.
  • It was named after the person who discovered it.
  • It was named for how many symptoms it has.

True or false: The stomach flu is NOT actually caused by influenza.

  • true
  • false

If influenza doesn't cause the stomach flu, which of the following does?

  • noroviruses
  • rotaviruses
  • astroviruses
  • all of the above

True or false: Heartburn is easily confused with a heart attack.

  • true
  • false

What conditions is heartburn associated with?

  • pregnancy
  • acid reflux
  • hiatal hernia
  • all of the above

Which of the following is a symptom of heartburn?

  • sweating
  • dizziness
  • difficulty breathing
  • none of the above

True or false: Flesh-eating bacteria eats flesh.

  • true
  • false

If flesh-eating bacteria don't eat your flesh, what do they do?

  • attack skin and fat cells
  • attack muscle tissue and fascia (connective tissues)
  • release toxins into the body
  • all of the above

What part of the body does flesh-eating bacteria most commonly infect?

  • arms
  • legs
  • abdominal wall
  • all of these

What group of bacteria most commonly causes flesh-eating disease?

  • group A strep
  • group B strep
  • staphylococcal

Which of the following is actually not associated with lupus?

  • systemic lupus erythematosus
  • cutaneous lupus erythematosus
  • lupus pernio

Where does a sebaceous cyst actually develop?

  • reticular fibers
  • sebaceous glands
  • ectodermal tissue

Which of the following diseases is actually not a fungal infection?

  • athlete's foot
  • mycosis fungoides
  • tinea versicolor

Why is transient acantholytic dermatosis a misnomer?

  • because it's not a skin disease
  • because it's not always transient
  • because it's doesn't produce skin lesions

True or false: Swimmer's ear is inflammation caused when water gets into your ear canal.

  • true
  • false

Which type of eczema was once thought to be related to sweat retention?

  • nummular
  • dyshidrosis
  • seborrheic

Which type of arthritis causes joint pain, swelling and stiffness but does NOT cause inflammation?

  • osteoarthritis
  • gout
  • rheumatoid arthritis

True or false: Small, asymptomaic cysts on a woman's ovaries means she has a condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

  • true
  • false