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Hay Fever: Its Control Through Efferent Interception

HIRAM BYRD, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1930;3(8):850-855. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-3-8-850
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Hay fever, whether seasonal or non-seasonal, is defined in this connection in terms of excess sneezing. Now a sneeze has its conscious origin in the roof of the nose, in a region which without any attempted delineation, may be designated as the "sneeze region."

This sneeze region receives its nerve supply from two branches of the trigeminal—from the superior maxillary, via Meckel's ganglion; and from the ophthalmic, via the nasal nerve. Therefore efferent impulses routed down the trigeminal nerve may reach the sneeze region via either the ophthalmic or the superior maxillary. And since this may occur on either side

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