Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Physical Signs of Allergic Rhinitis

We are all aware of the usual allergic rhinitis symptoms like sneezing, itchiness, runny nose, blocked nose etc. But do you know that there are also some tell-tale physical signs which doctors will look out for as well? These are the 3 common ones:

Allergic Salute: The act of wiping / rubbing the nose in an upward manner with the palm or fingers to relieve itching congestion.

photo credit:  University of Minnesota


Nasal Crease: A line across the bridge of the nose caused by repeated upward rubbing of the nose by the palm of the hand (doing the allergic salute). Read more here.

photo credit: nosephotographs


Allergic Shiners: Dark eye circles due to pressure from blocked nasal passages on the small blood vessels. Read more here.

There is a comprehensive list of other physical signs of allergic rhinitis from pediatrics consultant 360. Great stuff!

As for myself, I have the allergic shiners and a little of the rabbit nose (frequent wrinkling of the nose). I have also seen 2 of my family members do the allergic salute at times.

What about you? Do you recognize any of these physical signs for yourself?