In the past few years the various manifestations of allergy have received more attention than formerly. Stimulated by the work of Duke, Cocoa, Vaughan and others, the medical profession has been more alert in the recognition of conditions of this nature and has followed cases through until the exciting agents have been identified.
Since in many cases of sensitization there are symptoms that are referable to the nose or eyes, it behooves the rhinologist to have a sufficient understanding of the nature of these cases in order that an error in diagnosis is not made when the patients present themselves.
Many patients visit the rhinologist seeking relief from such symptoms as nasal congestion, a watery nasal discharge, headache, sneezing or itching of the eyes, nose, mouth or pharynx. These symptoms should suggest the possibility of sensitization. Some patients, in addition to any of these symptoms, may complain of
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