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August 1933


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology University of Illinois Medical School.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;18(2):181-197. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.03580060195006

The medical literature, today, presents a confusing array of synonyms for the condition known as hyperesthetic rhinitis. Characterized primarily by intermittent engorgement of the nasal mucosa, sneezing associated with a free discharge of dilute mucus and nasal obstruction, hyperesthetic rhinitis has paraded under the labels of vasomotor rhinitis, paroxysmal rhinorrhea, allergic rhinitis, atopic rhinitis, idiopathic rhinitis, paroxysmal rhinorrhea, paroxysmal sneezing, intermittent neurotic catarrh, nervous coryza, hay fever, rose fever, horse asthma, summer catarrh, June cold, turgescent rhinorrhea and perennial hay fever. These names do not by any means exhaust the entire terminology. Redundancy, furthermore, is displayed in the substitution of one synonym for another. Thus, rose cold is known also as European hay fever, American autumnal catarrh as hay fever and reflex coryza as nervous coryza.

Each term does not suffice to express or describe the entire clinical or pathologic picture, but rather a predominant symptom. Thus, hyperesthetic rhinitis suggests

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