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5 Skin Disorders You Might Mistake for Hives


Although hives is rarely a chronic disorder, rosacea is always one. It may start out similar to a case of hives on your face -- rosacea features small, red bumps on the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin as well as reddened areas across the face. But the similarities stop there.

Before the onset of rosacea, you may begin to notice that you blush easily and the redness continues across your face. When rosacea is inflamed, the small, red bumps crop up on the skin [source: National Rosacea Society]. Unlike hives, though, which can affect different parts of the body, rosacea is limited to the face.

The cause of rosacea is unknown, but it may have roots in hereditary factors as well as environmental ones. That said, there are certain things that aggravate the condition, such as exercise, consuming hot foods or alcohol, or exposure to sunlight, heat or stress [source: Mayo Clinic].

There is no complete treatment for rosacea, but there are topical and oral medications that have been known to help lessen its effects. Antibiotics may be prescribed both as an oral and topical measure, while certain topical treatments like benzoyl peroxide and azelaic acid might be prescribed to keep inflammation and redness down.