Missed connection

“Urticaria” has been floating around in my head recently. I have no idea. I had to look it up. For some reason I thought it was a variety of nettle, but it’s the medical term for hives.

In this week’s New Yorker Oxycontin is described as an “iatrogenic disaster” which is an apt description if I’ve ever seen one. Lovely phrasing for a scourge.

A friend recently went to the ER for a minor injury and wound up getting hives from the detergent used in the hospital gowns. Iatrogenic urticaria.

Maybe that’s the connection.

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