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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]


Allergic response must be differentiated from other similar diseases such as vasomotor rhinitis. Proper diagnosis ensures that the patient receives the most appropriate course of treatment.

Differentiating Allergy from other Diseases

An allergy testing machine being operated in the diagnostic immunology lab at Lackland Air Force Base

Before a diagnosis of allergic disease can be confirmed, the other possible causes of the presenting symptoms should be carefully considered.

Vasomotor rhinitis, for example, is one of many maladies that shares symptoms with allergic rhinitis, underscoring the need for professional differential diagnosis.[1]

Once a diagnosis of asthma, rhinitis, anaphylaxis, or other allergic disease has been made, there are several methods for discovering the causative agent of that allergy.


  1. Wheeler PW, Wheeler SF (2005). "Vasomotor rhinitis". American family physician. 72 (6): 1057–62. PMID 16190503.