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- Sweat test
- Allergy skin tests
- Biopsy of the polyp
- Nasal sprays, particularly those containing steroids, to reduce swelling, increase nasal airflow, and help shrink polyps
- Medications to help reduce swelling and shrink polyps
- Drugs to control allergies or infection, such as antihistamines for allergies or antibiotics for a bacterial infection
- Polypectomy—removing nasal polyps. If the polyps are small, this can be done in your doctor's office. Unfortunately, polyps often return.
- Endoscopic sinus surgery—removing the nasal polyps and opening the sinuses where the polyps form
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