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Episode Guide

Episode 9 - Rally

Wednesday 10th June 2009, 9pm on Channel 4

This week’s episode starts with Rachel Smith who has become increasingly hairy in the past few years, especially in her nether regions. Rachel suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and it is this that is causing her excessive hair growth. Dr Pixie sends her to a specialist to tackle her PCOS and for laser therapy to reduce the excess hair.

PCOS

The EB bus heads out on the road again, and first through the doors are Jenny and her dad David, both suffering from the same suspicious skin condition. Dr Christian diagnoses the white patches on their skin as Vitiligo meanwhile Dr Pixie diagnoses a patient’s protruding problem as calcification and Dr Christian sees a diabetic patient who’s losing his nerves.

Then there’s Maria, a nurse from Kent, who had a heart operation 14 years ago that has left her with a large, hard scar between her breasts. Maria suffers from Symmastia, a frequently congenital condition in which both breasts connect at the centre of the chest, though the condition can develop due to surgery as well. After seeing a specialist surgeon to see how to best deal with the problem, Maria is informed that the tricky procedure may leave her with more scarring and opts to wait to make her decision.

Symmastia

Up next is Keith, 31, who’s developed a seeping sore scalp that has left his hair growing in clumps. Dr Christian reveals that Keith has developed a rare form of Folliculitis, an inflammation of the hair follicles caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. Keith is prescribed an ongoing treatment of antibiotics and topical creams to battle the fungus.

Sasha is a 24 year old who’s been suffering from lack of sleep because of her excessively loud snoring. As snoring is caused by a blockage in the respiratory structures, Dr Priya refers Sasha to a specialist who does a small surgical procedure to open up Sasha’s passageways. Dr James makes Sasha a dental guard as well, to push her jaw forward and create even more breathing space during sleep.

snoring

Next through the clinic door is Hilda, who has been suffering so much from her skin condition that she’s gone to great lengths to cure it – including soaking the problem area in buckets of urine! Her hands and feet are red, flaking and developing sores. Dr Christian treats her hand and foot Psoriasis by prescribing a course of steroid creams, which dramatically improves their appearance.

Overlactating Breasts

Then there is Tori, a mum who’s suffering from some unwanted leakage Though she hasn’t breast-fed in 3 years, she still has an occasional discharge from her nipples. Discharge from one breast can be a sign of something sinister; however Dr Pixie reassures Tori that leakage from both breasts may only be a hormonal issue. Tests reveal no abnormalities and Tori’s prescribed tablets to control the lactation.

Finally, school caretaker Bob and plumbing merchant Dave accompany fellow snorer Dr Christian to the sleep clinic and get tested for Sleep Apnea a potentially deadly problem…

This week we also wrap up the results of our National Health Survey...

The EB Team would like to thank:

Mr George Mochloulis, ENT Consultant at The Private Clinic, Harley Street
Dr Sarah Wakelin, Consultant Dermatologist, St Mary’s Hospital
Dr Roberto Verdolini, Consultant Dermatologist, The Dermatology Centre London
Mr Patrick Mallucci, Plastic Surgeon, My Breast
Rigby and Peller
Dr. Sean Lanigan, Consultant Dermatologist, sk:n clinics
Professor Adam Balen, Reproductive Medicine, Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company
The Arcadians
The Argosy
Solihull Operatic Society
Queensbridge Musical Theatre Society
Alexandra Theatre
Baker Street Medical Centre

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Hi there i watched your program a couple of weeks ago and a lady had follicilitis not sure of spelling sorry infection of hair folicul and Dr Jessen said there was a good cream that he would recomend i have the same contidtion on my legs which is very sore and would like to get the same crean from my doctor if anyone can help i would be very gratful as i can't locate it on the website many thanks Will





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I get really sore red skin under my boobs that smells, it doesn't matter how much I wash it it still smells. I have very large boobs & always wear a good bra. I just wonder why it smells?





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i am 19 and have the same problem as this girl above, and always thought i was jst strange in some way as i never heard of any one with pcso having a hair problem like mine until a friend told me about watching this episode that i missed and i was so annoied that i cant watch the episode on catch up cause im not in the country i would have loved to seen it and related





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What is the laser hair treatment called that Rachel had? It seems really effective.





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Please can you tell me where i would find out about the surgical procedure that fixed the ladies snoring on the 10th june show many thanks Angela





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I'm 16 and have been with my boyfriend for nearly 2years, and still hate him seeing my body. I wont wear shorts or skirts or even tight, thin trousers because the hair can poke through. I have exactly the same hair problem as Rachel Smith who has been diagnosed with PCOS. It's right below my bum and well in and around everywhere there! I hate it, it makes me feel so horrid and extremly manly! I don't know whether to go to the Dr's or not. =[





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