Rash Reasons: Common Skin Irritants Quiz

By: Maria Trimarchi

Rash Reasons: Common Skin Irritants Quiz
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Itchy, red, inflamed skin? Think you know what's causing that rash? Get out the salve and take this soothing quiz!
What term is used to describe a variety of skin irritation and inflammatory conditions?
dermatitis
Itchy, inflammatory skin problems all fall under the umbrella term dermatitis.
rosacea
herpes zoster
paramyxovirus

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What does dermatitis commonly look like?
round, red welts
spider-like red veins and acne
red, itchy, swollen skin
Dermatitis commonly appears as red, itchy and swollen skin.

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What is the most common allergen you might encounter while doing your laundry?
dyes and fragrances in detergents and fabric softeners
People with sensitive skin may have allergic reactions to dyes and fragrances found in laundry detergents and fabric softeners.
bleach
whiteners

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What ingredient in sunscreens may cause allergic reactions in some people?
zinc oxide
titanium oxide
panthenol
para-aminobenzoic acid, or PABA
There are more than 16 different sunscreen compounds approved by the FDA to filter UV rays, including para-aminobenzoic acid, or PABA, which may cause skin rashes and other allergic reactions in some people.

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What type of plant causes red, itchy blisters that can last for two to three weeks?
loofah gourd
poison ivy
Coming into contact with poison ivy can cause a rash because of a resin called urushiol, which is naturally found in the plant.
ragweed

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Which of the following is your best protection against bugs and insects?
repellent spray or lotion that contains N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET)
lemon eucalyptus
clothing
Staying covered is the healthiest and safest way to protect yourself from insect bites. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when going outdoors.
B vitamins

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What causes the prickly, swollen skin condition known as heat rash?
being outside when the temperatures are over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celcius)
ultraviolet (UV) rays
excessive sweating and blocked sweat ducts
Heat rash is caused when you sweat excessively and your sweat gets trapped in your skin.

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True or false: Wearing clothing can cause skin irritation.
true
True. Clothing can cause chafing, scratching, heat rash, and for some people, allergic reactions to dyes and metals used in fabrics.
false

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What condition could shaving without enough skin lubrication cause?
acne
razor burn
If you shave without enough skin lubrication, the resultant friction could cause razor burn.
sunburn
contact dermatitis

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Which of the following might cause skin reactions from cosmetic usage?
preservatives
bacteria
fragrance and dyes
all of the above
Cosmetics often contain ingredients such as fragrance, dyes and preservatives, as well as anti-aging serums -- and even bacteria -- that may cause skin reactions in some people.

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