The theory that vasomotor rhinitis or allergic rhinitis is of nasal origin had its inception about 1880. The explanation given for this theory throughout many years was that there were sensitive areas in the nose which had to be eradicated in order to relieve the symptoms. Accordingly, a host of remedies was developed, each of which was declared to have more or less merit in accomplishing this end. Most physicians are familiar with the various measures recommended, such as cauterization, coagulation, injections, ionization, and so on.
Advances in the field of allergy, together with a better understanding of the physiology of the nasal mucosa, contributed most to the gradual elimination of therapy which was based on a false assumption. Along with the allergists, the rhinologists are making some progress in the understanding and treatment of these conditions. They are recognizing an increasing number of patients in their daily practice complaining
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