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Episode Guide

Episode 5 - Holiday

Wednesday 13th May 2009, 8pm Channel 4

Shingles

This week the doctors have set up shop at the airport. First patient Joanne, an air-hostess, feels that her psoriasis is alienating her passengers. Dr Pixie sees Donna, who has a patchy rash on her back that is diagnosed as shingles and Dr Christian deals with Arthur who has a disfigured fingernail due to an accident at work. The doctors also check random samples from passengers to test for bacteria and bugs that have travelled with them.

Back at the clinic, 44-year-old Stuart thinks that his holiday is responsible for the constant burning at the end of his penis. Dr Pixie believes an inflammation of the prostate, caused by a possible bladder infection, may well be the reason for Stuart’s troubles. He’s sent for a visit to a specialist and a treatment involving a prostate massage…

Prostate

After the birth of her child a year ago, Kerry has begun to feel pain and bleeding with her bowel movements – and visits to the loo are few and far between. Dr Christian notes that Kerry has developed a skin tag due to a tear and sends her to a specialist. Further testing doesn’t reveal anything sinister in her bowels and the problem is pinpointed as a tense pelvic muscle.

Next up is Lindsay who has had a scar on her chest since she was 7 years old. Lindsay has developed a keloid scar, possibly from a pimple or bug bite, and Dr Pixie recommends steroid injections followed with laser treatment to help flatten out the surface of the scar.

Keloid Scars

In to meet Dr James is Jessica, who has suffered from bad breath for years. Jessica has been blaming her halitosis on her tongue, but Dr James reveals it has more to do with gum disease. Jessica’s inflamed gums have created pockets that help to house bacteria and plaque, a visit to the dental hygienist helps to clear up the blockage and reduce her bad breath.

Back at the airport, Brendan has a spotty abdomen caused by “folliculitis”/conditions/folliculitis/ whilst a returning passenger has been bitten by bed bugs on his holiday. Dr Pixie also sees Helene who has some moles on her back that are hurting…

Nail problems

This week’s body check sees our guinea pig group checking their moles for signs of changes and abnormalities. Doctors Christian and Priya explain what to look out for to avoid dangerous deadly moles.

alopecia

Caroline, 25, has hidden her hair loss problem for over 10 years. She’s been losing hair in patches that take up to a year to grow back. Caroline has a condition called Alopecia, and Dr Christian gives her the unfortunate news that there is no known cure for her problem. Possible treatments to control the hair loss are steroids or topical creams that stimulate hair growth.

And finally this week, Dr Pixie and Dr Christian put their bodies on the line to show how easy it is to do body checks. This time around, they are checking their urine for any signs of abnormalities and ill health.

The EB team would like to thank:

Mr Alan Doherty, Consultant Urologist
Dr Puneet Gupta, Cosmetic Dermatologist, The Private Clinic
Dr Andrew Wright, Consultant Dermatologist St Lukes Hospital, Bradford
Mr Peter McDonald, Colorectal Specialist St Marks Hospital
Patricia Evans, Biofeedback Physiotherapist, St Mark’s Hospital NHS
Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company
The Arcadians
The Argosy
Solihull Operatic Society
Queensbridge Musical Theatre Society
Alexandra Theatre
Baker Street Medical Centre
Val Edwards-Jones, Professor of Medical Microbiology, Manchester Metropolitan University
Film Birmingham

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Could Dr Christian advise on a Good UK Dr that dose good Fue HT





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I FIND CHARCOAL TABLETS BEFORE & AFTER MEALS HELP. AVOID USE HOUR BEFORE & AFTER MEDICATION. TRY CHANGING LAXATIVE. AVOID TOO MUCH FRUIT & SUGAR AS IT CAN FERMENT IN GUT.





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Please can anyone tell me the treatment that Kerry had for her tense pelvic floor muscle (she was constipated following the birth of her child) in episode 5? thank you so much if you can help Paula





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Please can anyone tell me the treatment that Kerry had for her tense pelvic floor muscle (she was constipated following the birth of her child) in episode 5? thank you so much if you can help Paula





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hi I just read the comment posted by the guy that says he was cured of prostatitis, I have sufferered with this condition for many years and was wondering if you could please give me the name of your urologist?





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Karl, did you find out anythink regarding the guy who was cured of prostatitis. I also have suffered from this for years. I saw a show where a guy went under and had the infected matter in the prostate massaged/squeezed out. Did you know anything about this?

Where can i go to have the camera pill that Dr Christian took and monitored it as it travelled around his insides.





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When I was 22 I had some red itchy spots come up on my hands. I was prescribed with Betnovate N cream. The spots disappeared but two weeks later the skin on my hands started to shed at a rate greater than is normal Psoriasis. The condition spread to my elbows, knees head and groin. My eyes were very enlarged. I put up with the problem for another 22 years. My wife encouraged me to join Reading Swimming Club. After 6 Months of hard traing (5 times a week) my elbows, head, hands cleared up. My eyes returned to normal size. My groin cleared after another year. I took up running as well. Only when I Stopped competing 5 years ago did the psoriasis return only to my left side of my groin. Now approching my 66th Year I have commenced running again and more recently swimming. I am hoping the groin will get better. I think that the hard training triggered a reaction that helped get rid of the stress in my life and improved my self confidence. I will let you know if my new program works on the groin. I never hear anyone suggesting hard excercise especially swimming as a possible solution. Only creams and moisturisers. I enjoy your program very much John





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I watched with interest the recent episode about moles. I went to my Dr about a mole i was concerned about and he advised all was okay and to keep an eye on it. I did this but was still worried therefore, went back and had it removed 6 months later. This was diagnosed as malignant melanoma. I have had to go through various surgery and its been awful. Therefore I would advise anyone with a dodgy mole follow your instincts and if after seeing your Dr and they do not advise removal. You can still request removal, I wish I had been more pushy. If I had I dont think it would have got to the stage it did.





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I have Fibromylagia & Arthritis i am 40 & i am in a wheel chair most of the time & have been for the past 4 years. I have always been very slim a size 8 or 10 but I had an operation 3 years ago just women problems nothing out of the ordinary but i took a Kidney infection & was in bed for a few weeks. Soon after this my stomach started to swell very badly so much so the Doctor thought i was pregnant, which thankfully turned out to be wrong. My stomach started to get bigger & bigger going to a size 12,14 & 16 I have seen a number of Doctors on the NHS & private & they have put it down to my bowel & that it's trapped gas. I do take a lot of medication for my illness & i can understand the bowel being slow but I've never seen anything as abnormal looking as my belly i call it my Buddha Belly as that is what it looks like all the time. I was given Laxobral which i take every morning 2 table spoons & my bowel moves but my stomach gets bigger after i go surly there must be something to help this balloon belly. Some times i start the day half swollen but as the day goes on i get bigger. I tried all the normal remedies but the stomach remains the same. I have seen a dietitian & she has told me my diet is fine and she said she had never seen anything as abnormal looking & bloated as my belly. I am managing to keep myself a size 14 as much as possible as the extra weight just antagonizes condition. If i was just fat it would be ok but it's just like being pregnant everyday minus the baby. I know people around me are taking about the shape of my body & saying i must be stuffing myself with food but that simply not the case. I feel like a freak i have lost my confidantes i use to be so sure of myself & comfortable with my body & now when i look at myself I'm disgusted. I'm in tears every other day CAN YOU HELP





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I was wondering if anyone remember the name of the spray treatment that Caroline used for her Alopecia on Wednesday 13 May programme.





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