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August 1939


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1939;30(2):247-252. doi:10.1001/archotol.1939.00650060267006

That allergy is a common cause of rhinitis in children, whether acute or chronic, seasonal or perennial, recurrent or constant, is often unrecognized.1 The majority of adults with rhinitis date their disturbance from the first decade of life. It is reported that 44 per cent of patients with chronic nasal complaints seen in routine otolaryngologic practice have nasal allergy.2

We, as pediatricians, are not hesitant to present the problem of nasal allergy of childhood before rhinologists, because this constitutional disturbance is the mutual concern of every rhinologist and every physician who treats the sick child. Nasal allergy is not a local disease, to be treated by local measures only.3

No doubt much of the present criticism of rhinologists by patients with chronic nasal complaints who have been treated unsuccessfully by local applications or operations is justifiable. Too often either the associated nasal allergy has not been recognized or coordinated attack

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