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April 1946

EFFECT OF EMOTIONS ON THE HYDROGEN ION CONCENTRATION OF NASAL SECRETION IN SITU: With a Comment on the Terminology of Nasal Hydrogen Ion Concentration Measurement

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Laryngology, Rhinology and Otology, University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1946;43(4):402-408. doi:10.1001/archotol.1946.00680050418008

THAT there is a relationship between emotional factors, the frequency of acute colds and their sequelae and altered nasal function has been recognized, although not yet completely defined, by a number of investigators. It is known that the abnormal, alkaline nasal secretion associated with infection of the upper respiratory tract often excoriates tissue when descending on the skin of the upper lip. If the patient with acute rhinitis remains relatively removed from the routine decisions and frustrations of his working day during the acute phase, when the nasal membranes are engorged and sensitive, with secretion flowing excessively, the nose becomes less painful and the secretion diminishes; so MacAuliffe, Goodell and Wolff1 observed in their experimental studies on headache and pain from nasal and paranasal structures.

Congestion of the nasal mucous membrane, they noted, may occur as an accompaniment of anxiety or resentment. In this connection, the coupling of the effects

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