Hives Symptoms: What They Look Like

Many conditions that look like mosquito bites can cause itchy bumps on the skin. They include other types of bug bites, infections, or skin irritations. Just about everyone at some point will have an itchy bump on their skin that isn’t from a mosquito bite. This article will cover seven common causes of itchy mosquito-like bumps and how to treat them.

By Patty Weasler, RN, BSN
Patty is a registered nurse with over a decade of experience in pediatric critical care. Her passion is writing health and wellness content that anyone can understand and use.

You likely know hives for the way they appear on your skin: They’re red, swollen welts that can sometimes be accompanied by itchiness or pain. There are a variety of possible causes for hives (or reasons that histamine and other chemicals get released by the body in the first place). They could be the result of allergies in response to foods, medication, or an infection, or they could be from another trigger, like exercise, heat, stress, or alcohol. (2,3)

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“Hives will usually have an area of skin that welts up, goes away in a few hours, and then reappears somewhere else,” he says. Other skin issues that are often mistaken for hives tend to last for more than one day in the same location, he explains.

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“To the untrained eye, hives can have a similar appearance to other common skin conditions,” Dr. Choudhury says. He says one way to tell the difference is by how quickly the welts clear up.

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Hives, known in the medical world as urticaria, are your skin’s reaction to histamine (a chemical released by the body’s immune system in response to an allergen) and other inflammatory signals being released into your bloodstream. (1 )

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