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October 1941


Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;34(4):736-742. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660040792006

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From the standpoint of diagnosis and treatment, vasomotor rhinitis may be classified as acute and chronic.

In the first classification, acute, are included all types of rhinitis which are caused by a demonstrable specific inhalant. This category, often referred to as allergic rhinitis, includes hay fever and rose fever. The diagnosis of these types of rhinitis is seldom difficult, because (1) the history of seasonal or periodic incidence is significant and (2) the sensitivity of the patient to a specific allergen is readily demonstrable. Likewise, the treatment of these types of rhinitis is usually gratifying and frequently spectacular in effectiveness.

The second classification may be designated as chronic vasomotor rhinitis. In contrast to the patient of the first group, patients with rhinitis of this type experience no periodic remittance of their symptoms but are continually troubled in varying degrees. Moreover, although this condition has been referred to as a type

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