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August 1948

BACTERIAL ALLERGY IN RELATION TO ASTHMA

Author Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Medical School, and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology, Wesley Memorial Hospital CHICAGO

Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;48(2):145-149. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690040154001
Abstract

BECAUSE of an increasing interest in the management of patients having allergic respiratory symptoms, it might be of value to review the observations made on a group of persons with this rather common disability and to outline a method of treatment which has given satisfactory results. This group of 100 patients included 36 adults and 16 children, all of whom were known to be asthmatic, and 48 children with allergic bronchitis or allergic rhinitis or both; the last-named group could doubtless be classified as preasthmatic. Gray and Albert1 designated as preasthmatic symptoms nasal congestion, sneezing, rhinorrhea, cough and dyspnea and emphasized the importance of taking every possible precaution with a potentially asthmatic person to prevent the first actual asthmatic attack.

Early in our study of infections of the pharynx, especially the nasopharynx, my associates and I were impressed with the number of allergic patients who gave a history of infections

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