OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of allergic rhinitis on nasal tactile sensitivity during the intercritical period. METHODS: A total of 70 patients aged between 18 and 67 years (average 42 years), with a positive history of allergy caused by seasonal outdoor allergens, were included (group A). Patient outcome was assessed by the nasal monofilament test: a set of 20 Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments was used to detect nasal sensitivity for both nasal cavities. The sensitivity threshold was recorded as the minimum monofilament size with which patients could detect at least two of three stimuli. RESULTS: When compared to the control group (group B), subjects in group A required a significantly (p < 0.05) higher stimulus to trigger a touch response in the monofilament test, for both the inferior (195.1 ± 0.39 mg vs 67.7 ± 0.19 mg) and middle turbinate (108.7 ± 0.23 mg vs 67.7 ± 0.19 mg). CONCLUSION: These preliminary data show a decrease in nasal tactile sensitivity and point out interesting aspects of the nasal chronic inflammatory condition in allergic rhinitis.
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|Titolo:||Nasal tactile sensitivity in allergic rhinitis|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|