Can You Match the Image to the Skin Condition?



By: Ian Fortey

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Most people in the world suffer from some type of skin condition, whether they know it or not. Things like rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, and keratosis pilaris are diseases that people live with every day. Many of us will never notice these conditions, and sometimes we don't even pay attention when we have them ourselves, ignoring them as just an itch or a simple rash that might go away on its own. Then there are many more noticeable conditions that can be extremely painful and even deadly, like basal-cell carcinomas and necrotizing fasciitis. But considering that your skin is the largest organ you have, and it's the one that faces the world day in and day out, it's no wonder it ends up taking some abuse now and then.

Any time you have a serious skin issue crop up, you definitely want to see a dermatologist and find out the best way to deal with the situation. But for now, if you're just the kind of person with an eye for rashes, moles, blisters and more, then maybe you can identify all the skin conditions we've brought together for this quiz based only on a single image. Piece of cake, right? Take the quiz and see!

What are these small flaps of tissue that hang off of your skin?

Skin tags are not typically cause for alarm and usually aren't even harmful, though they can catch on clothing and become irritated. Doctors can cut or freeze them off if they're annoying to you.


Which of these conditions is a blanket term for things like blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and more?

Acne covers a wide range of bothersome skin conditions that are characterized by inflamed or blocked sebaceous glands. The market for treating acne is expected to be worth over $5 billion by 2025.


Most children in North America are vaccinated against this disease at a very young age. What is it?

Measles is one of the diseases that nearly all children are vaccinated against, along with rubella and whooping cough, at an early age. About 140,000 people worldwide died from the measles in 2018.


With which disease do some parents go out of their way to infect their children?

It's not uncommon for some parents to hold pox parties for young children when one of them becomes infected with chickenpox so that they can all get the disease and get it out of the way sooner rather than later.


What is the name of this condition that causes the skin to become inflamed, itchy and flakey?

There are several types of eczema but they all cause the sort of symptoms including dry, inflamed skin. Statistics suggest upwards of 30 million Americans suffer from some form of eczema, which is about 1 in 10 people.


One of the symptoms of this condition is silvery scales. Do you know what it is?

Psoriasis can show up on any part of your body, even your eyelids. It happens because your body is overproducing skin cells at an accelerated rate, taking days rather than weeks to produce new ones, which creates a build-up.


Do you know which of these conditions is also known by the medical term urticaria?

Hives usually present as itchy, red welts or bumps on the skin. They are usually short-lived, lasting only several hours and may be brought on by several things, from allergies to temperature shifts to sunlight.


This condition is caused by something called HSV-1. Do you know what it is?

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus, as opposed to the sexually transmitted kind which is HSV-2. It's estimated up to 2/3 of people are infected with the condition, though many show no symptoms.


Do you know which of these is a thick, hardened layer of skin?

Friction and pressure cause your skin to develop thickened layers, the result of which is a corn or calluses. They tend to happen most often on your feet since they take most of the pressure of physical activity that your body goes through. They're usually harmless and can be sloughed off quickly and easily.


HPV is the cause of which of these conditions?

Warts look a bit like blisters but are hard and not fluid-filled. They're notoriously hard to get rid of. One of the most common methods of treating them is cryotherapy which involves freezing them until they fall off.


Despite the name, this is actually a fungal infection. What is it?

Ringworm causes a rash but is not the result of worms or parasites in your skin, even though the name is somewhat deceptive. It's actually a fungal infection. The name is more than likely a result of the fact the rash looks like you have something curled up under your skin, which is weird, but not a worm.


What condition causes patches of brownish skin to form, usually on your face?

Melasma is most often caused by exposure to sunlight and sometimes because of hormone changes. Effective sunscreen use can help prevent it from happening but once it does, it may either fade on its own or last for years.


This is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. What is it?

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, just like chickenpox. If you've had chickenpox as a child, the virus will often remain dormant in nerve tissue, but if it comes back when you're an adult, it will typically be much more painful than chickenpox.


Do you know which condition is characterized by tender raised, red or pink lumps on the skin?

The cause of Sweet's syndrome is not entirely well known, and in many cases, there isn't a definitive cause. Other times it can be secondary to a larger issue, like an infection or a reaction to certain medications.


If this condition gets especially bad, it could result in a swollen, red nose. Do you know what it is?

Rosacea usually affects a person's face and causes large reddish patches of skin that may also break out in pimples and swelling. The precise cause is a mystery, but many things can exacerbate the situation once it arises — from sunlight to spicy food to menopause.


Do you know which condition is caused by an infection that can lead to red, painful swelling and a fever?

Cellulitis is caused by a bacterial infection — often a staph infection — that starts in a crack or cut in the skin and infects the dermis just below your skin. Antibiotics are needed to clear it up, and it can be quite painful and dangerous if it's not treated.


Which condition causes patches of skin to lose their pigment?

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition that may have a hereditary factor, but its cause is not fully understood. It's much more noticeable in people who have a darker skin tone as it strips the pigment — often in blotchy patterns — leaving it nearly white.


There's a good chance this condition is caused by exposure to the sun or UV light from tanning beds. What is it?

Actinic keratosis looks like scaly, crusty patches of flesh resulting from extensive UV light exposure. Though not cancerous themselves, they're considered pre-cancerous, so if they're not treated, they could lead to skin cancer.


Which of these is the name for a cluster of boils?

A carbuncle is not a term you hear that often anymore, but it refers to boils caused by a bacterial infection. It's also infectious and can spread to other people or other parts of the body, so it should be dealt with as soon as possible.


The most effective way to prevent this condition is by growing a beard. What is it?

Razor bumps are caused by the hair curling back into the skin after shaving, prompting inflammation and sometimes infected pustules. Not shaving at all is the best prevention, but if you need to shave, using a sharp razor prepared with hot water to open the pores and applying shaving cream to the skin will prevent razor bumps.


Which condition is characterized by loose, stretchy skin?

Elastoderma is a relatively rare condition and usually only affects one part of the body, such as the neck. The skin will have an increased laxity, which means it can sag or wrinkle and be easily pulled away from the body. Think Mr. Fantastic from the Fantastic Four.


Do you know this condition that can turn your skin purple?

Though very rare, argyria is a fairly well-known condition because of its extremely bizarre symptoms. Excessive exposure to silver and silver dust causes victims skin to turn a stark grayish-purple. Once exposure has stopped, the color will remain.


This is the most common type of skin cancer. Do you know it?

The rates of basal cell carcinoma are remarkably high. About one-third of all cancer around the world is basal cell carcinoma, and anywhere from one-quarter to one-third of all Americans will be affected by this condition at some point in their lives.


If you come in contact with something to which you're allergic, you may end up with this condition. What is it?

As the name suggests, you need to have contact with something for contact dermatitis to affect you. One of the most common examples of this in action is exposure to poison ivy, which will make you extremely itchy where it has touched your skin.


Which condition is a kind of cancer that forms in the pigment cells of your skin?

The pigment in your flesh comes from melanocytes, and when those cells develop cancer, it's called melanoma. Although this is almost always a skin condition, it can form in your eyes and mouth and even in your intestines.


Some people call this condition "chicken skin." What is it?

Keratosis pilaris is incredibly common and harmless. It looks much like goosebumps — raised bumps around hair follicles — and typically feels a bit rough to the touch. The biggest issue is that it looks unattractive.


Which of these is a contagious condition that results in crusty sores?

Impetigo often forms around the mouth and nose and may be mistaken for cold sores. Caused by a bacterial infection and usually occurring in younger people, the sores will ooze a yellowish liquid that dries into a crust over the wounds. It's not particularly pleasant.


This condition causes wart-like blemishes that produce an unpleasant odor. Do you know what it is?

Darier's disease can vary in severity, but in the worst cases, painful red pustules can form that feel greasy to the touch and emit a distinct odor. The condition puts people who have it at risk of much worse bacterial or fungal infections.


Do you know what was called a beauty mark on Marilyn Monroe?

Moles — also called a nevus — are often benign and generally describe a number of different but similar conditions. For the most part, when someone is talking about a mole, they mean a small, dark or discolored bump on the skin. If you have any that grow bigger, you should let a dermatologist check them out.


Which of these is also called Hansen's disease?

Leprosy is a bacterial disease that, if untreated, has horrific symptoms, including nerve damage which can lead to the loss of tissue and limbs. Symptoms may not present for as many as 20 years after infection.


Antifungal lotions can typically cure which condition?

Athlete's foot is caused by a fungal infection and leads to burning, itchy and cracked skin on your feet and toes. It gets the name because it's contagious and can easily spread around places like a damp locker room where many people are barefoot.


This is also known as the flesh-eating disease. What is it?

Necrotizing fasciitis typically occurs very quickly and is caused by an infection. Severe pain, fever, vomiting and skin that progresses from red to black are all symptoms. Antibiotics are needed to treat the condition, and the affected areas will often need to be surgically removed to save the surrounding tissue.


Do you know which of these is a genetic condition with no known cure or treatment?

Peeling skin syndrome is exceedingly rare and unusual and manifests — as the name suggests — in the form of excessively peeling skin. Moisturizing creams that reduce inflammation and tenderness are the only treatment, but, so far, little else helps.


What condition is sometimes called the seven-year itch?

Scabies is caused by the scabies mite, and the skin condition — which usually manifests as a rash and itchiness — is a reaction to the mites burrowing and breeding in your skin. It's also infectious, so you can get it from other people or transfer it around your body.


Which condition causes skin to grow excessively like thick scales?

There are varying degrees of ichthyosis, from the most common ichthyosis vulgaris to the rare and potentially deadly harlequin ichthyosis. Hydrating creams and lotions are often the main courses of treatment to deal with the condition.


This condition occurs only in adults over 40. What is it?

In English, lichen planus means "small, flat bumps," which is an accurate description of how this rash looks when it appears. The cause is not fully understood, though it may present with a number of other diseases, like hepatitis or chickenpox.


The average age for the onset of this disease is 70. Do you know it?

Pemphigoid is a fairly rare blister disorder that is symptomatic of an autoimmune condition. There is a similar condition that mostly affects areas like the mucous membranes and around the mouth, but pemphigoid tends to occur in drier areas of the body.


Exposure to UV radiation can cause which of these conditions?

Polymorphic light eruption is a rash that occurs after exposure to sunlight or any source of UV light. It can happen in as little as a few hours or as many as several days after the exposure. It usually goes away without causing any permanent damage.


What condition do you get when scar tissue continues to grow?

Keloids or keloid scars are what happens when the tissue from a normal scar seems to overgrow and get bigger than the actual wound it's replacing. They're usually pretty smooth and discolored.


Which of these appears as a small pocket of fluid?

Blisters are pretty common as skin conditions go and can be brought on by friction, like when the heel of your shoe rubs against you, a burn, or several other kinds of trauma. You don't generally need medical attention, unless the blister somehow gets infected.


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