The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam may be done. You may need to see a doctor who treats nose problems.
Some polyps may be seen by looking at the nose. An endoscope may be used to look deeper inside the nose. This is a small tube with a camera that is put in the nose.
This is often enough to make the diagnosis.
The goal of treatment is to shrink the polyp. This can be done with steroid nasal sprays and other medicines.
People who are not helped by medicine may need surgery to remove the polyp.
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Last Updated: 1/5/2021
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