What are the history findings of pediatric allergic rhinitis?

Updated: Jun 04, 2021
  • Author: Jack M Becker, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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The history of the patient with allergic rhinitis may be straightforward or may include a complex set of symptoms. The diagnosis is easy to make in a patient with a new pet or with symptoms that have distinct seasonal variation. Alternatively, younger patients may present with varying signs or symptoms, the family may not appreciate the nasal stuffiness, but may note the chronic nasal congestion. At times, a young child presents with what appears as seasonal allergies, when in fact it is a pet allergy, since the dander is shed in the spring and reaccumulates in the fall. In older children, symptoms may have been present for years and, therefore, appear to be less severe, because the child has accommodated them.


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