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:
diuretic use
abnormal taste in mouth
much reduced sense of smell
prednisone use
frequent soy consumption
loss of appetite
coffee consumption
H2-blocker antacid use
discontinued calcium supplementation
darker/redder skin color
copper supplementation
major inflamed cuticles
... 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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