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Medical Quiz: Weird Medicine – Answers

by Suzanne Daniluk, RN on October 30th, 2013

Answers to last week’s Weird Medicine quiz:

1.  Tanorexia, or excessive tanning of the skin such as displayed by the so-called “Tanning  Mom”, is a condition now recognized by the medical community.  True or false?

TanningFalse. The term tanorexia is considered slang and not recognized by the medical community.  However, excessive tanning can be symptomatic of “body dysmorphic disorder”, a psychiatric condition in which those affected are critical of their own physical appearance to an obsessive degree.  As of September 1st of this year, Texas bans persons under age 18 from the use of tanning beds.

2.  Ingestion of what substance can turn your skin blue?

Blue ManIngestion of silver can cause a condition known as Argyriasis which turns the skin blue.  A 40-year old man who drank colloidal silver to ease arthritis symptoms found that while the treatment worked, it also permanently tinted his skin a shade of blue-gray.


3.  Like fingerprints, another body-part print is unique to each individual.  What is it?

A tongue print.

4.  What type of bodily injuries occur most often around Halloween?

Hand and finger injuries occur most frequently from pumpkin-carving, followed by extremity injuries from falls due to obstructed vision or too-long costumes.   A study published in Pediatrics in 2010 found that Halloween is the holiday with the fourth-highest number of ED visits, mostly by children.  Now that’s scary, so be careful out there and have a Happy Halloween!


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