Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 11:31 am
Otolaryngologist Sandra Lin uses under-the-tongue drops to treat patients with allergies at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
Credit Courtesy of Keith Weller/Johns Hopkins Medicine
Allergy shots have long been one of the best available treatments for hay fever, other allergies, and asthma, but they're a pain. In Europe, people have a more pleasant alternative: drops put under the tongue.
That treatment, called sublingual immunotherapy, hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but more and more patients in the U.S. are asking for it.
Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 4:59 pm
Hairdresser Paramjit Kaur paints a traditional Indian henna design on a client's hand in Kent, Wash.
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A henna tattoo looks like a fun beach souvenir — until you break out in a rash and blisters.
The dyes used for the popular temporary tattoos aren't always natural or safe, the Food and Drug Administration warned today. "Black henna" used to make the intricate designs darker often doesn't come from a plant, but from a harsh chemical that causes allergic reactions.