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Author's Note: 10 Conditions the ER Can't Help You With

I'll admit that I've visited the ER for one of these conditions: hives. Those maddeningly itchy bumps came along with wheezing, and I was trying to be cautious. With a prior history of hives and allergies, I felt the potential for things to go wrong, and quickly, was pretty good. But, apparently, it could have waited until the morning. It wasn't that they didn't screen me (they did), but they sent me home with instructions to take antihistamines, and to call my doctor in the morning. Embarrassing? A little. But at least I didn't call 911 for a prescription refill. Or earwax impaction (that came up during the discovery phase of research). Or a paper cut (they sting way more than they should).

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