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Rhinitis Medicamentosa

Overusing nasal decongestants leads to rebound nasal mucosal inflammation known as rhinitis medicamentosa or drug-induced rhinitis. Stopping the medication improves the condition. Such nasal decongestants include Oxymetazoline and Phenylephrine nasal sprays.

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Can I use Oxymetazoline hydrochloride nasal solution daily?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 28 years old. I am using Nasivion 0.05 % daily for around three to four times for the last 8 to 10 years. Also, I am allergic to many things. Please help me with this health issue.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We are happy to help you. First of all, please understand that Nasivion (Oxymetazoline) has a local vasoconstrictor as an active ingredient. It should not be used for more than four or five days continuously. You have been using it for 8 to 10 years. You are suffer...  Read Full »

I am addicted to nasal decongestants. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am here to get help for rebound nasal congestion. Two years ago, I started using Oxymetazoline nasal spray for mild allergy. I continued using it because I thought my allergy is persistent. Recently, I realized that my problem is not an allergy but addiction to nasal spray. My symptoms ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You suffer from a condition called as rhinitis medicamentosa. As you have rightly understood, it is due to the prolonged uninhibited use of nasal decongestants.Repeated use of the same causes decongestion temporarily followed by rebound congestion inside the nose. The ...  Read Full »

Is there any other way besides nasal spray to relieve my congested nose daily?

Query: Hi doctor, From the past 3 or 4 years, my nose has been reliant on nose sprays. I wake up, and I am congested. I go through my day, and I am congested. My sinuses feel like they swell up. I do not have a runny nose. It is just swelling. I do not believe it is allergies because I would take Benadryl ...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Chronic usage of decongestants leads to a condition called as rhinitis medicamentosa. This will cause an increase in symptoms, in spite of treatment. Gradually taper and stop the decongestants therapy, as it will be harmful you further. Continue with tablet Dazit (Deslor...  Read Full »

Is surgery necessary for chronic sinusitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have chronic sinusitis, and the doctor prescribed me a treatment that involved nose drops that contain antibiotics. When I take those nose drops, I feel them getting into my throat. Should I swallow them? Is it a problem if I do so? Will anything happen to me? Also, do I need surgery...  Read Full »

Dr. Asiya Zaidi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Dear patient, chronic sinusitis with deviated nasal septum is an indication for surgery. As mentioned by you, the nasal drops have been prescribed with antibiotics. I believe it must be "decongestant" nasal drops that are usually prescribed. If so, please make sure you...  Read Full »

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