Voiceover: Eight year old Charlotte from Suffolk’s been suffering from a common viral infection that’s been getting out of control. She’s brought her mum Sophia to get some answers.
Sophia: They’re incredibly sore when she walks and they’re ugly. They keep her awake at night and we’d like some help.
Dr Christian: So Charlotte, you have a problem with your feet don’t you?
Dr Christian: Tell me a bit about it.
Charlotte: Well I’ve had verrucas for two years.
Dr Christian: Verrucas, OK. For two years? Why are they giving you problems?
Charlotte: Because they hurt all the time and I can’t go on sleepovers and things with my friends.
Dr Christian: Why not?
Charlotte: Because I get embarrassed.
Dr Christian: Why do you get embarrassed if you have verrucas?
Charlotte: Because I don’t like people seeing them.
Dr Christian: Why are they not going?
Sophia: I don’t know why. My other three children occasionally pick one or two up and I use a normal over the counter treatment and they disappear but nothing at all works on Charlotte.
Dr Christian: Goodness me. I am absolutely shocked by that. I have never seen verrucas as bad as that in my life. I mean you have tears in your eyes when you see them.
Sophia: My husband and I often cry at night when she’s in bed because we’re just helpless. We don’t know what to do.
Dr Christian: This is a very, very abnormal reaction to what is actually a very common virus that lots of us get, lots of kids get. In most people their immune system tackles it and deals with it and it disappears. But in you, you’re not doing that are you? It’s not happening. Have you ever checked her immune system?
Dr Christian: Have you ever done blood tests and made sure she’s got normal immunity?
Dr Christian: I think it might be a really good idea. First of all to check she’s got all of the normal immune cells because this is a virus that’s winning and we need to work out why.
Dr Christian: That was probably the most shocking case I have seen in a long time. My big concern is that there could be actually a problem with her immune system as well. So, I want to check that first. If it’s all normal, great, we can go ahead and deal with these warts and absolutely tackle them head on. If there’s a problem with her immune system then we’ll have to look at things from a slightly different point of view.
In this video we see Charlotte’s first consultation with Dr Christian, where he first suspects that the verrucas might be a sign of a much bigger problem. Instead of trying to treat the verrucas, Dr Christian recommends that Charlotte be sent for tests on her immune system to try and see why this very common infection was not being fought off by Charlotte’s immune system.
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