What Causes Polyps?

In order to hopefully treat and prevent recurrence of polyps we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow polyps to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind polyps consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to polyps.  For example, zinc need.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
unpleasant smell sensations
coffee consumption
major inflamed cuticles
PPI antacid use
reduced sense of taste
reduced sense of smell
white spots on fingernails
high alcohol consumption
occasional hangnails
abnormal taste in mouth
adult acne
brittle fingernails
... and more than 20 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of polyps.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Existing Skin Conditions section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about polyps:
Have you had any polyps? These are small growths on a mucous membrane, usually inside the nose, colon, or uterus.
Possible responses:
→ Never had one / don't know
→ Probably had one/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of polyps or having polyps, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Zinc Requirement.  Nasal polyps are considered one of the deficiency symptoms of zinc.
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