Can You Guess the Skin Condition?

Alisha Bridges | June 25, 2015

Reviewed by Michael Lehrer, MD

1 of 13
1 of 13
Credit: iStock

Almost everyone will encounter a skin ailment at some point in their lives, and they can range from minor to major. Look at the following pictures and descriptions and guess what these conditions are. Then, note your number of correct answers in the Comments section.

2 of 13

Condition #1

Credit: Thinkstock

Up to 20 percent of people will have this rash at some point in their lives, according to the College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Symptoms include raised, itchy bumps, which can turn from red to white if you touch the center of them. These usually are caused by an allergic reaction.  (Move on to the next slide to see the answer.)

3 of 13


Credit: iStock

The hives rash, known as urticaria, does not normally need treatment if symptoms are mild, and will usually disappear on its own. To reduce itching and swelling of minor rashes, take an allergy medicine, avoid hot baths and showers, and try to pinpoint the trigger that caused the hives to appear.

4 of 13

Condition #2

Credit: iStock

This disease is contagious and usually found around the mouth and lips of an infected person. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, 90 percent of all adults have been exposed to this disease. This disease is not to be confused with its family member which causes sores to appear on the genitals.

5 of 13

Herpes Simplex 1

Credit: iStock

Commonly referred to as cold sores, this skin virus can be transmitted by kissing, as well as sharing drinking glasses and utensils or lip balm. This is not to be confused with its family member, Herpes Simplex 2, which is transmitted through sexual contact.

6 of 13

Condition #3

Credit: iStock

Michael Jackson may have had this disease. It happens when the pigment cells are destroyed, leaving patches of lighter skin in various places on the body. Affected skin is also usually sensitive to sunlight.

7 of 13


Credit: iStock

This disease is more noticeable in those with darker skin, but can affect people of any race. There is currently no cure for the disease. However, some treatments may help restore skin color and skin bleaching may be used to help the entire body become one lighter color.

8 of 13

Condition #4

Credit: iStock

The symptoms of this disease can range between large, tender red bumps accompanied by fever, lack of energy, mouth ulcers, and aching joints (National Institute of Health). It can be triggered by medication or an infection, but the exact cause is not known.

9 of 13

Sweet's Syndrome

Credit: iStock

This is also known as Acute Febrile Neutrophilic Dermatosis (say that five times in a row). It is a rare skin disease that mainly appears on the face, neck, back, and arms. The most common treatment for this disease is steroids.

10 of 13

Condition #5

Credit: Thinkstock

Roughly 125 million people in the world have this disease. The cause is an over-active immune system that affects the skin and causes scaly, itchy, red patches. These patches can appear anywhere on the skin. Up to 30 percent of people who are diagnosed with the disease will also have arthritis.

11 of 13


Credit: iStock

The exact cause of this disease remains a mystery, but triggers include stress, infection, environmental factors, medications, and allergy reactions in some people. There are a variety of treatments for the disease, ranging from ointments to injections.

12 of 13

Condition #6

Credit: iStock

One out of three people in the U.S. will develop this disease; however, it usually occurs among the elderly. But If you’ve had chicken pox, you are a carrier of the disease. It is also in the Herpes family.

13 of 13


Credit: iStock

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that those over 60 receive a vaccination, although shingles is also common among those with weakened immune systems-especially people under stress. Shingles is not contagious to those who have already had chicken pox, but can be passed on as chicken pox to others who have not been exposed or had a vaccine.