What’s the Difference Between Urticaria Hives and Angiodema?
Urticaria is the medical name for hives. With urticaria, a person will have a mild or severe outbreak of swollen pale red welts or bumps or patches on their skin which occur suddenly and quickly. For some people hives may sting or burn but they normally cause itching. Urticaria can appear anywhere on the human body and they can range from the size of a pea to the size of a plate. Hives may also join together to form what is referred to as plaques. Hives can last anywhere from a couple hours to a few days.
Here’s a picture of Urticaria Hives
Angiodema is very similar to urticaria hives but the big difference between the two conditions is that Angiodema swelling occurs below the surface of the skin. With Angiodema there is often deep swelling around the eyes as well as the lips. In some cases the genitals, feet and hands can be swollen as well. In extreme cases of Angiodema disfigurement can occur due to prolonged tissue swelling. If Angiodema occurs in the tongue, throat or lungs it can be life threatening because breathing passages can become blocked.
Here’s a picture of someone with Angiodema.
Notice how bad the tongue is swollen. That is very dangerous because it could block the passage of air to and from the lungs.