Hives can be easily mistaken for some other skin disorders. The reason is the cause for hives is almost always an allergic reaction, and most of the allergy triggers are difficult to determine and find. Symptoms are also very generic, as they include itchy, red welts on the skin. Almost any skin disorder carries the same symptoms. We present you several skin disorders that have almost the same symptoms as hives, but their treatment is different.
Same as with hives, people suffering from heat rash experience red bumps on the skin. The color, swelling and itchiness are same as with hives, but the main difference is in the size. Heat rash is way smaller than hives, and look like a small pimple. Another difference is that heat rash is a condition common for babies, while hives can appear at any age.
The cause for heat rush is sweat, or better said, the sweat ducts that are blocked. Babies do not have fully developed sweat ducts, which causes heat rash to develop due to blockage. This happens when babies are exposed to hot weather, or when they are overdressed. It is important not to block the pores of the skin.
Common treatment for heat rash is to apply hydrocortisone cream or a calamine lotion on the skin.
For starters, Rosacea is a chronic disorder. Unlike hives which can be acute or chronic, Rosacea is always a chronic condition. The symptoms are same, and they appear on the same spots as with hives (nose, forehead, cheeks), but that is the line where similarities end.
Other symptoms of Rosacea include blushing easy and redness across the face. The red bumps crop up on the skin if Rosacea is inflamed. Another difference is that Rosacea appears only on the face.
Causes for Rosacea include consuming hot food and alcohol, exposure to sunlight, exercise, heat, stress and other hereditary factors. Treatment includes topical and oral medications.
The symptoms are almost identical: red rash, bumps and itchy, dry skin. The difference is that hives can develop on any spot of the body, while the contact dermatitis is a physical type of rash and occurs only on the area that was exposed and was in contact with an allergen or an irritant. The treatment is the same and includes anti histamines.
Atopic dermatitis is the common type of eczema, and at first glance, it is very similar to hives. The symptoms include itchy skin and red patches, followed up by raised bumps. Eczema appears around the ankles, behind the knees, on wrists, face, upper chest area and can even affect the area round the eyes. However, the problem is that there is no permanent cure for eczema.
The treatment is completely different, and includes treatments that lessen the pain. Some of the cures include corticosteroid creams and antihistamines, as well as oral corticosteroids.