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July 1938


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1938;28(1):98-105. doi:10.1001/archotol.1938.00650040105007

"Nasal allergy," as a term, will probably replace many of the former terms, such as "hay fever," "vasomotor rhinitis," "hyperesthetic rhinitis," "paroxysmal rhinorrhea," "nasal neurosis," "nasal hydrorrhea," "catarrhal rhinitis," "spasmodic coryza" and "perennial hay fever." Various ingestant and inhalant allergens and in a few cases bacterial allergens are proving to be the causes of the syndrome which has inspired this terminology in the past. During the last twenty years, however, an increasing number of patients with these nasal symptoms have responded to thorough study and adequate treatment utilizing the ever widening knowledge of allergy and its causes. At present a comparatively small group of these sufferers remains whose symptoms resist allergic therapy. For a condition presenting such symptoms, the term "vasomotor rhinitis" may be appropriate, but no condition should be thus classified without thorough allergic diagnosis and treatment, and the classification, even then, does not remove the challenge to a

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