Dr Pixie V/O: For 28 year old Theresa Jenkins her condition is relentless and she’s in need of a friendly ear.
Dr Christian: How can I help you?
Theresa: I seem to have infection in my ears all the time and it never seems to go.
Dr Christian: You’ve got stuff coming out of them?
Theresa: Yeah, I’ve got yuck in my ears now.
Dr Christian: Have you?
Dr Christian: So there’s something for me to see, oh joy! Can you just sit up on the couch for me? You’re quite flaky all around the opening of the ear aren’t you, the ear hole. What I want to do is have a look in with this little thing, just let me know if its sore and I will stop, OK? Right, gosh, that’s quite a mess in there. You’ve got quite a lot of thick white gunky stuff. Yum! Let’s have a look on this side. Right, exactly the same. I’ve seen this quite a lot before and it usually turns out to be a fungus. Can I take a swab? Is that ok with you?
Theresa: That’s fine.
Dr Christian: Here we go. Pop it in now.
Dr Christian: Sorry. You all right?
Dr Christian: They are very tender aren’t they? That’s what your full of. It’s not very nice is it?
Dr Pixie V/O: The swab is sent straight to microbiologist Val Edwards-Jones who leaves it to fester in a Petri dish for 48 hours.
Val: Well I can see what’s the matter with Theresa before I even open the plates here. She’s got a yeast, she’s got a candida and it’s that what’s causing her problem. Just look how heavy that is, got a really, really heavy growth. Characteristic smell, nice and white and creamy. Same sort of thing that you get causing thrush. Hopefully, the doctor will be able to treat this quite easily. So, she should be ok in a tick.
Dr Pixie V/O: Thrush is more likely to be found in the vagina but it’s just as easy to treat in the ear. A course of antibiotics will do the trick.
Consultation: Ear Infection
Dr Christian Jessen examines a patient suffering from something nasty in her ears, in this consultation from series one of Embarrassing Illnesses. After the results from the lab come back, it seems the patient has an infection more usually found elsewhere on the body!
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