Rhinitis medicamentosa is a state of chronic nasal congestion, caused by an overuse of decongestant nasal sprays. Common symptoms are stuffiness and sneezing.
Typically the overuse stems from a pre-existing chronic nasal problem, like Non-allergic rhinitis. When the underlying nasal problem is not improved by the nasal sprays, the patient often increase the dosage and thereby only worsening the condition.
The study Kinetic oscillation stimulation as treatment of non-allergic rhinitis shows that patients with Rhinitis medicamentosa had a significantly larger reduction of self-reported nasal symptoms, after treatment with the KOS method, compared with placebotreated patients.¹
¹Juto JE, Axelsson M. Kinetic oscillation stimulation as treatment of non-allergic rhinitis: an RCT study. Acta Otolaryngol 2014; 134:506-12.