It occurred to the writer that the treatment of the several forms of nasal catarrh pursued in the Central Hospital would prove interesting to many of the readers of the Journal.1 Five varieties are recognized, viz: Acute, chronic, hypertrophic, chronic atrophic, croupous and caseous. The first of these presents few cases in hospital practice, and the last two are so rare as to be regarded as clinical curiosities.
—Since patients with this form of rhinitis rarely consult a physician until the acute stage has passed, little is attempted except prophylaxis. This includes abundant open air, exercise under restrictions, and hygienic dress. Light wool next the skin and variable weights of over-garments. Heavy garments indoors are specially cautioned against. No agent is more relied upon for its hardening effect than the morning sponge bath with cold water. This should be taken in a warm room, and supplemented by vigorous
EWING FC. THE TREATMENT OF NASAL CATARRH IN THE LONDON CENTRAL THROAT, NOSE AND EAR HOSPITAL.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(7):317–319. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430590019002b