February 07, 2010

New Webpage on Rhinitis Medicamentosa (Nasal Decongestant Spray Addiction)

A new webpage has been created and uploaded to our website on rhinitis medicamentosa, a devastating sinus/nasal condition with symptoms of severe chronic obstruction/congestion. This condition occurs when over-the-counter nasal decongestant sprays are used more frequently (every 12 hours) and longer (3-5 days) than directed.

Such nasal decongestant sprays include the common and popular Afrin and Zicam nasal sprays. These sprays contain one of these active ingredients: phenylephrine, neo-synephrine, oxymetazoline, and xylometazoline.

This condition has also been portrayed in the New York Times and the article can be read here.

Check out the webpage here.
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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.


Anonymous said...


Rhinitis said...

I had the same problem with the decongestants, and have ended up using salt water and a neti pot (or one of those squeezy bottles, if you're not feeling adventurous!) to flush out the nose twice a day. It has the advantage of not having any chemical element for you to rebound of and it cleans out the gunk amazingly well. I was doing it twice a day for several months first of all and now I only need to use it occasionally. You can also buy those Sterimar things, which basically does the same thing in a less efficient fashion, but the saline solution is sealed in so its much handier to carry around.

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