What information should be obtained about the nature of symptoms in pediatric allergic rhinitis?

Updated: Jun 04, 2021
  • Author: Jack M Becker, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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Symptoms of rhinitis consist of rhinorrhea, nasal congestion, postnasal drainage, repetitive sneezing, and itching of the palate, ears, nose, or eyes. Snoring, frequent sore throats, constant clearing of the throat, cough, itchy eyes, and headaches are symptoms often associated with rhinitis.

When obtaining the history, ascertain the following:

  • Determine which symptoms are reported by the patient or parent.

  • Ask if symptoms occur in different locations.

  • Determine whether the patient has rhinorrhea, sniffling, nasal itching, sneezing, cough, congestion, or nasal discharge. Determine the color of the nasal discharge.

  • Determine whether any associated ocular or respiratory symptoms are present.

  • Ask about snoring, which may worsen in pollen season.

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