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Episode 8

Patients for Episode 8 included 38-year-old Jeff, whose in-growing facial hair was destroying his self confidence. There was Rosacea suffering Susan who was so embarrassed about her constant blushing that she couldn’t even face going for a job interview.

There was also 47 year-old Gael, whose face was covered in ugly blood blisters – the result of a genetic condition. Finally there was Geoff, who had reached the end of his tether with his severe psoriasis. Due to complications he couldn’t have light therapy, so his last hope is the Embarrassing Illnesses clinic.

Dr Jessen also hit a student union bar where he explained how dietary habits were crucial when it came to avoiding bowel cancer.

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I am 44 and female and for a long time now I have been round shouldered and hunched I hate the way I look so much so I have grown my hair long to hide my shoulder /back area because of this.I have tried keeping my shoulders back but it causes pain especially between the shoulder blades and some numbness. Any suggestions please.





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you had a man on your show who said his neck and head kept turning to one side when he was walking all the time, you said there was a name for it,he went to see a hypnotherapist and they cured him and his head stopped wandering to the side, could you please tell me what the condition was called and why it happens i think I have got this condition and it is making my life a misery and I don't know what to do about it please help sue from hull 53 years old





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hi, i have follicles around my genital area, how do i cure them?





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Hi I’m writing on behalf of my mother who has been suffering from SLE (Systemic lupus erythematosus) for over 10 years now. Over time she has gone to doctors but they have only prescribed her Hydroxychloroquine and Topical Steroids and Analgesia (Painkiller). Her condition has worsened over the 10 years and she now has, as side effects Skin rashes (Butterfly rash on her face), Psoriasis on her knees and hands and possible Sjogren’s syndrome. If anybody knows of a specialist that can help her with her problems, it would be very much appreciated. Could you please give me any contact details of specialists in the UK?





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You should try the London Lupus Centre, it is private and you have to pay for it, so that might not be an option. If not, and you are unhappy with the consultant your mother sees at the moment, she needs to ask her GP for a referral to another rheumatologist, they deal with SLE and associated conditions. She may need a more aggressive treatment.

I was diagnosed with S.L.E when I was 19, and have suffered with it for over 30years. It started with the Butterfly rash, when this burned itself out I started suffering with other things . I have Artheritus so I see a specialist for that, every few months. Over the years I have had recurring miscarriages early and late on in the pregnancy. I have had millions of stomach ulcers. A minor Heart attack and now take Warfarin. My gaull bladder removed all due to medication to help the Lupus. I take steroids and have done for the last 17 years, which they now think are affecting my eyes .People dont realise just what damage this illness can do. You have to learn to live with it . Do things on good days and rest on bad days

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i am easily embarrassed.i get embarrassed every day. my face goes realy red and start to sweet verly badly. this affects my life every day.





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I have an illness called hydredenitis suppuritiva, which affects the grion area. It very embarrising, painful, and gives a very offensive odour. my Dermatligist says there i no cure. Is there a way of easing the pain?, and mabye have some quality of life. I am 49 yearsan have had this illness or 20 years.





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Such a thing as a false negative - suggest you go get tested again, and see a rheumatologist, or immuologist - Lupus being an autoimmune disease. Your call. Ensure that the rheumy, or immunologist, is a Lupus **specialist - you can check this out aforehand. When you get to the consultation, check with the reception desk that you are scheduled to see the rheumy you have made the appointmnt with (very often there are a number of rheumies in attendance, and they pick up the next file in the pile!) Don't be put off. And, it is your right to see a consultant, and, anywhere in the UK - again, your call. Most people are unaware of that. (Came into force some three years ago. 'Smile'.) Hope you can sort.

i suffer with the same as you and i have had an operation in both arm pits to remove the sweet gland, i have recently found out that there is treatment that had 99.8% success rate it consists of two tablets, one is an anti biotic and the other tablet courses a cerment like in the sweet gland. hope this information helps

For roughly ten years I have had the typical Lupus "butterfly rash" on my face. My mum was diagnosed with Lupus over twenty years ago, so I was tested a few years after getting the rash, but it came back negative. Sometimes it's a light pink colour and only a little bit of make-up is needed to cover it, however on most days it is red, bumpy and dry, and it makes me so self-conscious and I'd love if anyone could recommend something to get rid of this or even just tone it down. I was recommended Vitamin E supplements but nothing seems to have changed. Thanks.





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i used elcon cream or euavate (spelt that rong) its a steriod cream that helps with the lupus rash then i used sun black 50 +

hi im 30yrs old and av sufferd from lupus for 4yrs and the best way too keep it from getting like that is for u too goto ur gp and get the total sun block off him i use it even if its cold but the sun is out try it it dose help xx

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I have a red blister/spot that appeared on the end of my nose which spread quickly all over my nose. It dripped with liquid/pus and then scabbed over but has not healed. This is the second time it has appeared and lasts for about a month. Any suggestions of what it could be? Tried antiseptic creams and wipes.





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hi try washing with tree tea oil. use day and night. you should see a difference by a week.

I have skin tags on the outside of my bum,im 42 and ive had 2 children i also dont empty my bowels sufficiently and have to wipe for ages,ive had piles over the years and a small op to eleviate a fissure or fistula? not sure which. Saw a lady have it on your show but was'nt clear on wether its a big problem or was there something that could be done.





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i have darker skin inside my groin both sides and also up near ny vagina,could anybody please tell me what it is and what causes it?





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