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Allergy Quiz Question: Which physical signs best predict nasal allergies?

Published on Aug 26, 2012 with 0 comment

Sneezing and watery eyes would be a good guess, but I suggest that allergists would give another answer. Of all of the signs of symptoms suggesting allergy, including sneezing, runny nose, red and watery eyes, I would suggest that the allergic salute and the presence of a transverse nasal crease would best predict allergies in a given individual.

The allergic salute is the name given to the repetitive upward trust of the palm of the hand on the nose in response to nasal itching. We have all seen children actively engaging in this exercise to the point of nose abuse! This activity is very commonly seen in allergic children, especially during the spring and fall when exposed to pollens, or when a cat allergic child is exposed to cat allergen.

A transverse nasal crease is a visible line across the nose which becomes evident after years of allergy saluting. When one sees the presence of the crease, the likelihood of allergies approaches 100%. The line is sometimes subtle and only recognizable when looking for it, although it can be quite noticeable, especially in dark complexioned individuals.
So, the next time you see someone with a transverse nasal crease, tell them you hope their allergies are under good control.

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