To the Editor: A 30-year-old Chinese-American
woman presented to the University of Colorado Allergy and Immunology Clinic
with acute urticaria. As there was no clear precipitating event, hydroxyzine
was prescribed, and she was advised to call if the medication was inadequate
or if the urticaria persisted. Several weeks later, she called to report that
the hydroxyzine had worked but it lasted only a short time whereas a "Chinese"
medicine purchased over the counter at a local Chinese pharmacy had "lasted
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