Eczema vs. Hives: What Is the Difference?

Eczema and hives are regular skin conditions. They tend to look alike because of similar symptoms like itchy skin but they are not the same.

What Is Eczema?

Eczema also known as atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition that causes the skin to be itchy, dry and swollen. It starts during childhood and may persist until adolescence. It is rarely seen in adults. Eczemas are commonly located in the face, scalp, the upper and lower limbs. It is not a contagious skin disease.

Some of the symptoms of eczema include cracked skin, itchy skin, blisters, dryness, raised skin bumps that may contain fluids and redness

In people with dark skin colour, redness is not noticeable. Purple or grey patches are seen in people with dark skin colour.