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We're Coming to Get You!

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The Embarrassing Illnesses doctors have decided to up sticks and take their clinic on the road! In the first of four special programmes, the three straight-talking doctors – Christian Jessen, Dawn Harper and Pixie McKenna – begin their tour of Britain in the city of Leeds, with a PR offensive that Victoria Beckham would be proud of. And to ensure that no fungal feet, problem penises or bothersome boils slip through the net, the EI team have chosen a location bang in the heart of Leeds, on Briggate – one of the city’s busiest shopping streets.

With the high street transformed into a slalom of stalls, information boards and games, there will be nowhere for the people of Leeds to hide. The doctors are back…and the time for excuses is over!

Kicking off proceedings is Kali, who has embarrassment written all over her face. She’s suffering from a common inflammatory condition of the skin called Rosacea, which causes redness that looks like a flush or blush. Often afflicting the fair-skinned, there’s no cure for the condition, but Dr McKenna should be able to treat it effectively.

Excessive Skin

Then there’s David who has a skin condition. But it isn’t fungal, bacterial or viral…there’s just too much of it! After growing to a staggering 28-stone, David managed to lose half that weight over the course of a two-year diet. However, the weight loss has left him with huge rolls of excess flesh. Dr Jessen subsequently books him in for a breast operation, which will hopefully give him a body to be proud of.

And from breast operations to wedding day preparations – Dr Jessen also sees 54-year-old Christopher, who’s worried that he might not be able to rise to the occasion on his wedding night. We’ll see whether Christopher’s nocturnal nuptials will be a flop or not on Thursday’s show, dedicated entirely to men.

Enlarged labia

Sometimes even a little bit of extra skin can go a long way…to causing major embarrassment. For newly single Alyson, her enlarged labia has made her anxious about exposing herself to a new partner, so visits the clinic to see what her options are. Alyson’s story continues on Wednesday, when the Embarrassing Illnesses team will be discussing labias, vulvas and all things vaginal.

Meanwhile, Dr Jessen visits a school in Rochdale to talk to its 130 teenagers about acne. Eight out of 10 of us will suffer from it at some time in our lives, but it is largely viewed as an affliction of the teen. Dr Jessen dispels some of the most popular myths about the condition and also explains that, like many medical conditions, acne can be effectively treated.

However, Haleigh didn’t receive the right treatment for her acne. It’s now 28 years since she got her first spots and she’s still living with the effects. Dr Harper subsequently sends her to a private clinic for four treatments of a relatively new process called Fractional Laser Resurfacing. The treatment will be intense, but it might just be the answer to her problem.

Psoriasis on the leg

Another patient with a skin condition is Rachel. She was struck with psoriasis after her father died in 1996, when she was just 11 years old. But despite constant treatment over the last 12 years, her psoriasis is only getting worse. Dr Jessen determines that a course of UV light treatment might improve Rachel’s condition, but will the results put a smile back on her face?

In the UK, over 85,000 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year – more than any other form of cancer. With this in mind, Dr McKenna meets a woman with sun-damaged skin, whilst Doctors Jessen and Harper offer mole checks to anyone concerned, and offer advice on the safest way to enjoy the sun. After all, skin cancer is the only cancer we can actually see with the naked eye before it becomes dangerous.

And don’t forget – you can watch our self-check guide about how to check your skin by clicking here, or you can get the guide on your mobile phone by texting MOLE to 84444…

The rare condition Ichthyosis

Last through the clinic’s doors is Dionne, with a skin condition so rare that for 12 years no-one has been able to identify it. That is, of course, until Dr Harper casts her eye over Dionne’s scaly legs and diagnoses Ichthyosis and a cellophane and cream treatment. Dionne has seen dozens of specialists over the years, but is hoping that Dr Harper’s miracle treatment will finally give her the relief she’s been searching for.

The EB team would like to thank:

Dr Sunil Chopra
Xen-Tan Self Tan
The Private Clinic
Phil Hall Associates
The Blemish Clinic
The London Dermatological Centre
Adam Rouilly
Limbs and Things
Transform
The Mole Clinic

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Hi my name is Fiona I am 26 and have had 3 kids before I had my kids I was a 34 b and now I'm about a size a its so embarrassing I've lost all my self confidence I won't even show the doctor because I no they won't help. I'm currently on antidepressants it's ruining my life and my partner I can't go swimming with my kids mine and my partners sex life is ruined and it's ruined me I really don't no what to do everything I wear has to be baggy so no one can see how flat chested I am i buy bras that's really really padded to make it look like I have them I don't no what to do please help





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Inverted nipples I have l on my left breast i'v had it since my teens it is very itchy at times and embarrassing





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Hi im 33 had 4 c/sections and steralised i used to be a very large girl but put hard work in an have lost over 7stone in weight bo matter what ive done im always left with massive amount of excess skin an over hang due to the sections which just tighten or go the drs wont help me they said id have to go private n i cant afford that sort of money. This really knocks my confidene i hate my body an ashamed of it i jus wanna cut it off its discusting someone plz help xx michelle





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Hi plz plz help me as my drs are not helping l cry e c ery nigth l dont go out plz l have had 3 op were my bolw came out had big asbsts and my belly hangs on one saide plz help me as lam 29 year old l dont even take my kids swimming an more or park plz can l see someone or speack to some one my belly really fune to even look at it like half been cut off l need your help lam on depression tables they dont help plz contact me plz help me my life gone





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Hi my name is Jane and l have got a big problem that is destroying my life .and can't have a normal life because leant get help my doctors are letting me down and will not help lam so depressed that l even thought about killing my self .but l would not go that far because my kids grandkids and my livening partner .l can't go out side or even have sex because lam ashamed off my self please please please can someone help me get my life back .l did have cancer when l was 32.and had a histerictmae and it's killing me to have a normal life as l got a big belly and it's hurting my back and hurting me because l also suffer ibs.lam so desperate doctors don't care please please help me. God l hope y can phone me ASP because l can't sleep with the way my life is HELP .big thank you





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I am a girl if 30, I have found it hard to conceive as I have pros and a double womb, dint know the correct name for this I suffer from severe pains in my lower stomach, which sometimes wakes me up. I've gone ti tge hospital and had scans and they said there shouldn't be any reason why u can't conceive naturally.. But nothing's happened :( is there ant suggestions you can give me thanks





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I had a c section 8 months ago with my 2nd child i caught strep b in the site i had antibiotics and since then it now opens and bleeds and it causes a lot of pain ive been back to my doctors and they cant and wont do abything about it but give ne paracetamol its that bad some days i cant walk and cant hardly stand up its thats bad that the left side of my stomach and back feels as if ive had my little boy again and like its being ripped open please can you help





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I can't afford to pay for dental treatment so i have to stick my cap back in every day with super glue please i need help





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oh no please dont do that you can be poisoned because of the chemicals also it can kill the roots of the teeth since it is chemical it might get through your blood veins and direct to your brain

MY daughter has had a couple of partners in her twenties, no problems. After the 2nd relationship finished.....there was a 9-year gap in meeting and starting her present relationship, Now she is getting married in October!!. Hope you can advise. She and I are very concerned as when she has had her cervical smear tests she finds them extremely painful, I went to the doctor with her for the last smear test, she screamed, embarrassingly I and other patients could hear her outside in the waiting room! I knocked and went into the room to see if she was ok. I Saw the vial with blood in it, although all her tests have been clear. Now that she is getting married, this is a huge concern. The nurse just said this shouldn't happen, and the doctor didn't comment! Suppose being mum, I am very worried for her future. Thankyou.





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Hello my name is Mandy I have had ME for 20 years now I've been bed bound and house bound for a lot of years as my illness stops me from doing a lot of things I also have fibromyalgia and am in a lot of pain in my body. I have had lots of times I've have been unable to take a bath or brush my teeth for Mabey a week or so at a time without help from my husband. A recent visit to the dentist has really upset me I know my teeth weren't the best because of being unable to look after them the way I should but my dentist said quite rudely that I need most of my top teeth removing and would have to have dentures I told him I wasn't ready for dentures I'm only 44 but inspite of me telling him with my illness I haven't been able to look after them as much as I should it's really upset me I wish someone could help my teeth as such a mess





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