The Ultimate Skin Quiz

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The Ultimate Skin Quiz
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About This Quiz

The skin is the largest organ in the body, so there's obviously a lot to say about it. We could write 100 "Ultimate Skin" quizzes and still not scratch the surface, so consider this quiz just the tip of the iceberg.
What are the three layers of the skin (from the outside in)?
dermis, epidermis, hypodermis
epidermis, dermis, hypodermis
hypodermis, dermis, epidermis
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Epidermis (outermost layer), dermis (connective tissue, sweat glands, hair follicles), hypodermis (fat, connective tissue)

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What percentage of people get acne at one point or another?
65 percent
75 percent
85 percent
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Eighty-five percent of us will get acne, the most common skin condition.

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After acne, what's the most common dermatological complaint?
warts
rosacea
psoriasis
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Warts are No. 2 -- three out of four people will have them at some point.

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What causes warts?
the human papillomavirus
poor hygiene
dirt and bacteria
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When the human papillomavirus (HPV) enters the body, it causes skin cells to multiply rapidly and form a wart.

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What's the most dangerous type of skin cancer?
squamous cell
melanoma
basal cell
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Melanoma is the big one. The American Cancer Society estimated that in 2008, about 8,420 people would die from the disease.

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What's the most common type of skin cancer?
melanoma
basal cell
squamous cell
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Most skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas -- which, fortunately, are highly curable.

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Is it true that if you've had chickenpox, you can't get shingles?
yes
no
maybe
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You're actually at risk for shingles only if you have had chickenpox. Long after your chickenpox symptoms are gone, the virus stays dormant in your body and could resurface as shingles.

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What causes scabies?
the scabies virus
mites
bacteria
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Scabies happens when mites burrow through the upper layer of your skin, causing irritation and blisters.

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How do antihistamines soothe itchy skin?
They dilate blood vessels in the epidermis.
They stop inflammation in skin cells.
They block a chemical reaction.
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When you have a reaction to an irritant, there's a chemical reaction in your skin. Antihistamines block that process.

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A dermatitis is a skin inflammation. What's the most common type?
atopic dermatitis
epidermal dermatitis
cellular dermatitis
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Atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema, is the most common skin inflammation out there.

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