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Rash Reasons: Common Skin Irritants Quiz
by Staff
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
  • rosacea
  • herpes zoster
  • paramyxovirus

What does dermatitis commonly look like?

  • round, red welts
  • spider-like red veins and acne
  • red, itchy, swollen skin

What is the most common allergen you might encounter while doing your laundry?

  • dyes and fragrances in detergents and fabric softeners
  • bleach
  • whiteners

What ingredient in sunscreens may cause allergic reactions in some people?

  • zinc oxide
  • titanium oxide
  • panthenol
  • para-aminobenzoic acid, or PABA

What type of plant causes red, itchy blisters that can last for two to three weeks?

  • loofah gourd
  • poison ivy
  • ragweed

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
  • B vitamins

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

True or false: Wearing clothing can cause skin irritation.

  • true
  • false

What condition could shaving without enough skin lubrication cause?

  • acne
  • razor burn
  • sunburn
  • contact dermatitis

Which of the following might cause skin reactions from cosmetic usage?

  • preservatives
  • bacteria
  • fragrance and dyes
  • all of the above