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Episode Guide

Episode 2 - Kids

Wednesday 22nd April 2009, 8pm Channel 4

This week’s episode starts with 8-year-old Charlotte from Suffolk who’s been suffering from sore verrucas on her feet for over 2 years. Dr Christian sends Charlotte for tests to check her immune system and try and find out why the virus is winning.

Verruca

The tests reveal that her immune system is unable to fight the virus and so the usual treatment for verrucas will not do the job. Whilst a formaldehyde treatment produces some encouraging results, further immunology test reveal that she’s missing certain lymphocytes and the possible treatment course includes a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy.

+++UPDATE+++

Charlotte’s operation to remove the verrucas from her foot appears to have been successful and her foot is healing really well. She’s back on her bike and back to being a normal child, pending a potential bone marrow transplant.

nasal polyp

The EB bus heads to Southend, where Dr Priya has a patient with case of cold feet, medically known as Chilblains. Dr Pixie’s patient can’t stop scratching her itchy sores while Dr Christian has a customer with a permanent runny nose due to nasal polyps.

Next up is a visit to the dentist for 27-year-old Lyn from Aberdeen. Lyn arrived to see Dr James because she has an addiction to fizzy drinks that has left her with missing, rotting and discoloured teeth. After extracting the rotten teeth, Dr James recommends implants, but only if Lyn will give up smoking, as it drastically reduces the success rate of the procedure. After a long day in the dental hot seat, Lyn has a new set of pearly whites.

dental extraction

Visiting the clinic next is David, 24, from Shropshire who’s had an embarrassing swelling for more than half his life. None of the treatments and tests have been able to ease his enlarged sore lips. Dr Pixie suggests that the swelling is a possible sign of an allergic reaction. Tests reveal that David is allergic to cinnamon and a long list of preservatives; so he sets off in search of a new diet.

headlice

The doctors head to a very windy Southend-on-Sea to meet with a group of kids and their parents at Fairways primary school. Dr Pixie talks to the kids about head lice and shows them up close just how nasty they can be, whilst Dr James teaches the kids a lesson about tooth decay.

Read Dr James’ guide to How to Look After Your Teeth >

Scalp Psoriasis

Maria, 13, believed she had a case of head lice, but it turned out to be much more serious. Maria actually has scalp psoriasis that causes her scalp to scale and nothing she’s tried has helped. Dr Pixie sends Maria to a hair specialist to get the scaling and inflammation under control with the help of creams and steamers. After three visits to the hair specialist Maria comes back to the clinic and shows Dr Pixie her much improved scalp.

Ever since 43-year-old Sandra from Derby gave birth she’s developed a rather messy problem. Sandra experiences problems with her bottom – it bleeds and causes problems for her hygiene. Dr Pixie diagnoses Sandra with skin tags and sends her to a specialist to try a surgical procedure to clear up her problem. Tests show Sandra’s problem goes deeper than just the skin tags – she’s suffering from a case of rectacil, where her bowel is misshapen. Sandra will have to complete more tests, but pelvic floor exercises have been recommended to help her cause.

The EB Team would like to thank:

Dr Michael Escudier Orofacial Specialist Guys’ and St Thomas’ Hospital
Dr Jane Stirling Consultant Dermatologist
Professor Adrian Thrasher Great Ormond Street Hospital
Mr Andrew Williams Consultant Colorectal Surgeon Guys’ and St Thomas’ Hospital
Carol Walker, Trichologist
British Dental Health Foundation
Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company
The Arcadians
The Argosy
Solihull Operatic Society
Queensbridge Musical Theatre Society
Alexandra Theatre
Baker Street Medical Centre
Film Birmingham

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I have a very itchy anus that is red bumpy and as a boil right at the opening, I thought i had piles I have tryed over the counter creams but nothing is working it feels like my anus is on fire. What can I do I wash 4 times a day , it hurts when I walk and when I sit down.





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your show rocks!!!!!!!! i whant to meet yous all onlay 13 14 on feb 25 so happy but not sure if b-day will be fun nothing makes me happy much since i moved to perth with my mum so my b-day wont be fun coz i got made to move hear





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Can you please tell me the name of the cream which was applied to Maria´s scalp before it was steamed and if this is available over the counter or on prescription THANKS :-)





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This episode has only just aired in Australia (march 2011) and I was just wondering how things turned out for Charlotte? Were her bone marrow transplant operations successful? Is she now fully recovered?





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hi someone please help i have always had nice clean hair but for the past couple of months it stinks and never feels clean after i wash it my scalp is the same,my docter give me a medicated shampoo but its not working it is making me very depressed,i also think my 13yr old daughter has it to,please help.





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Hi! I am 14 and I just thought i'd say THANK YOU =) i have learnt loads watching your programmes and hope there will be more episodes! I am going to start checking my boobs for anything. Thank you =) You 3 and everyone who has helped and amazing =)





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I was very surprised to see your programme last week and the problems experienced by 43-year-old Sandra from Derby. I have a similar problem where sometimes I have to encourage stools out by pressing my fingers against the skin around my anus or between my anus and vagina - I can actually feel the stools in there. I think I have stretched the internal skin and caused a misshapen rectum when trying to help out the stools if they seem particularly stuck, which I did for years as a young woman in a hurry (I'm 48 years old now). Although I have a very open relationship with my doctor, I am embarrassed by this problem and would like some advice please.





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i have the same

Try this. It isn't an old wives tale. It's my own discovery. Instead of sitting on the toilet seat, stand at a 45 degree angle and press your hands upon the opposing wall, similar to isometrics. Then bear down and let go.Your rectum & intestine will straighten out and give a much easier path for the stools to evaculate. It's works for me every time. Just make sure you have a good aim. Hope this helps you.

im trying to find the one where the woman had nodular itchy sores, could you please tell me the correct name? usualy affects women btween 30 n late fortys, it was on your last show,i would be very gratefull for a reply, iv had this condition since 1996, and had no succes with my doctor. thankyou.





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I think I've the same problem as Sandra-tags & rectacil -for at least 20 years since childbirth. I've never mentioned it to anyone & I'd assumed it was piles. Like Sandra I've had the problem with cleanliness & sex. Help should I try to have it treated or is it too late - I'm 56?





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Can you please tell me the name of the cream which was applied to Maria's scalp before it was steamed and if this is available over the counter or on prescription. Thanks





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