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What causes rhinitis medicamentosa?

Rhinitis medicamentosa is caused by the overuse of certain medications, typically nasal drops or sprays, or their improper use. The medications create symptoms such as inflammation of the nasal passages and a runny or stuffy nose - the very symptoms they are meant to treat in the case of decongestants. This is why the condition is sometimes referred to as "rebound" rhinitis.

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