It is the purpose of this article to discuss two important phases of a timely subject, namely, hay fever. These phases are: (1) causes of failure in the treatment of hay fever and the proper procedure to be employed to overcome it, and (2) the importance of extra-pollen hypersensitivity in the treatment of seasonal hay fever for serious consideration.
A few years ago, the literature on allergy swarmed with reports on analyses of the causes of failure in the treatment of hay fever.1 Certain authors gave various figures on complete failure, moderate improvement and marked improvement. The reports of Walker,2 Cooke and Vander Veer,3 Caulfield,4 Vander Veer,5 Rackemann,6 Piness,7 Spivacke8 and Balyeat9 are summarized in a comparative table of percentage (table 1).
The average in percentage computed from these reports for the satisfactory class is 47 per cent,
GELFAND HH. PROBLEM OF FAILURE IN PRESENT-DAY MANAGEMENT OF HAY FEVER: THE IMPORTANCE OF EXTRA-POLLEN HYPERSENSITIVITY IN TREATMENT. Arch Otolaryngol. 1932;16(4):550–560. doi:10.1001/archotol.1932.00630040562010
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