• Hives (Urticaria) Similar Conditions

Similar Conditions


  • It is a term for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed & irritated. The affected area appears dry, thickened, or scaly.
  • In light-skinned people, the areas usually appear reddish and later turn brown. In dark-skinned people, the areas appear as lighter or darker patches.

Erythema Multiformae

  • This rash usually begins in the form of pink or red blotches that later turn into circular shapes that appear like "targets" having pink, red and pale rings.
  • They may have a blister or scab in the center.

Atopic Dermatitis

  • Here the skin is very itchy and inflamed, having redness, swelling and formation of minute blisters.
  • There may also be cracking, weeping, crusting and scaling.


  • It is a bacterial skin infection affecting the outer layer of the skin.
  • There is a raised, well defined border with redness, firmness and occasionally dimpled appearance.

Drug Eruptions

  • The eruptions are usually generalized or systemic. There is a history of a specific drug intake prior to the onset of the eruptions.
  • They vary in size, shape and other features based on the severity of the reaction.

Urticarial vasculitis

  • It is an inflammation of the small blood vessels in the skin leading to the development of wheals or red patches and swelling.