Physical Exam for Allergic Rhinitis
To help diagnose allergic rhinitis, your doctor will examine your:
- Eyes, to see if they are swollen, teary, or red, or if you have other signs of long-term (chronic) allergies.
- Nose, for swollen nasal mucous membranes and structural defects.
- Ears, for fluid in the middle ear and the appearance of the eardrum.
- Sinus areas, for tenderness and signs of infection.
- Mouth, to see whether you have changes from breathing only through your mouth.
- Back of throat, for signs of postnasal drip or infection, such as red, raised, bumpy tissue.
- Chest and lungs, for signs of infection or asthma.
- Skin, for signs of allergy, such as hives or eczema.
Children with allergic rhinitis may have the:
- "Allergic salute." Your child may often rub his or her nose upward with the palm of the hand to reduce itching and to open the nasal passages.
- "Allergic crease." Your child may often rub his or her nose and have a crease on the bridge of the nose.
- "Allergic shiner." Your child may have dark color under the eyes caused by long-term nasal blockage and swelling under the eyes.
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
Current as ofMarch 12, 2014
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