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Beauty and the Yeast: Thrush Mouth in Adults Quiz
by Staff
If it weren't for yeast, we wouldn't have some of life's finest things: beer, wine, cheese, whiskey and bread. But we also wouldn't have conditions like oral thrush, a yeast overgrowth in the mouth. Test your health smarts and see what you know about oral thrush.

Yeast is part of what kingdom?

  • protists
  • fungi
  • monera

What type of yeast is the most common culprit behind oral thrush?

  • Candida albicans
  • Candida albacore
  • Candida expelliarmus

The same type of yeast that causes oral thrush also causes:

  • strep throat
  • diabetes
  • diaper rash

Which of these is NOT a type of oral thrush?

  • pseudomembranous
  • hypoplastic
  • erythematous

Oral thrush lesions are commonly described as looking like:

  • cottage cheese
  • cotton balls
  • chigger bites

Risk factors for oral thrush include:

  • eating yogurt
  • being around dust
  • smoking

Why is diabetes a risk factor for oral thrush?

  • Diabetics often use corticosteroids.
  • Diabetics are immunocompromised.
  • Diabetics have extra sugar in their saliva.

What is a serious possible side effect of some antifungal medications?

  • liver damage
  • sickle cell anemia
  • HIV

Which of these is NOT a treatment for oral thrush?

  • Nystatin
  • Bezoar
  • Fluconazole

You can make your own mouth rinse at home to help an oral thrush infection. The ingredients are:

  • salt and water
  • sugar and tea
  • milk and honey

Which type of medication does not affect your chances of getting oral thrush?

  • Birth control pills
  • Antibiotics
  • Antipsychotics

Which of these methods is NOT commonly used to diagnose thrush?

  • sight
  • a throat culture
  • a biopsy

Yogurt containing what bacterium can help you clear up your oral thrush?

  • Streptococcus mutans
  • Spina bifida
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus

Treating oral thrush is fairly easy unless you are:

  • pregnant
  • immunocompromised
  • bored

Which of these is NOT a potential complication of oral thrush?

  • It can spread to vital organs.
  • It can make you lose your hair.
  • It can make swallowing difficult.

Yeast is rich in what vitamins?

  • B
  • C
  • K

Chewing gum with the sugar xylitol in it has been studied as a preventive for oral thrush and what other illness?

  • melanoma
  • ADHD
  • osteoporosis

What florally named stain reagent is sometimes used to treat oral thrush?

  • hydrangea blue
  • geranium red
  • gentian violet

Which of these is another name for oral thrush?

  • moniliasis
  • cottage cheese cheeks
  • xylitol

According to some studies, which of these gives you a higher chance of contracting an oral yeast infection?

  • veneers on your teeth
  • tongue piercing
  • wearing old lipstick