What is vasomotor rhinitis? Vasomotor rhinitis refers to a condition in which the nose is stuffy or runny for reasons other than allergies or infections. Vasomotor rhinitis affects millions of Americans every year. In many cases, the cause of vasomotor rhinitis is not known, but triggers include emotions, odors, poor air quality, spicy foods, and medication side effects. The symptoms of vasomotor rhinitis can occur very frequently or sporadically. Symptoms include drainage of the nose (rhinorrhea), congestion, and irritation. While there is no cure for rhinitis, it is treatable. In fact, it is one of the most common chronic disorders in America, leading to treatment costs in the billions of dollars annually. Medical treatments include antihistamines, corticosteroids, anticholinergics, and occasionally decongestants. The most effective treatment for vasomotor rhinitis, however, appears to be avoidance of triggers, such as polluted air or spicy foods. Seek prompt medical care for vasomotor rhinitis if your symptoms are persistent and interfere with your daily life.