Urticaria (hives) is sometimes misdiagnosed as Eczema

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Eczema, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Urticaria (hives).

Urticaria or chronic hives are red itchy welts that result from a skin reaction that lasts for more than six weeks. Symptoms of hives include red welts called wheals anywhere on the body, these wheals can change in size, shape and appear and fade, severe itching, painful swelling of lips, eyelids and inside of throat, symptoms are triggered by heat, exercise and stress. Hives can be misdiagnosed as heat rash, contact dermatitis, rosacea, eczema, and pityriasis rosea.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Fading welts that vary in size and change shape, batches of red or skin-coloured welts anywhere on body, itching which may be severe, symptoms tend to flare with triggers, symptoms tend to persist for more than six weeks, symptoms tend to recur frequently and unpredictably, painful swelling of the lips and eyelids and throat

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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