Have you ever had a medical problem so embarrassing that you didn’t even want to talk to your doctor about it? You’re not alone! The Doctors answer all the questions you’re too embarrassed to ask and nothing is off limits. “It may be embarrassing to you, but it’s not to us,” Dr. Lisa reassures. “We’ve seen it all!” adds Dr. Sears.
Dr. Sears enthuses that nasal irrigation, the act of bathing the sinuses in a warm saline solution, reduces the symptoms of sinus infections, allergies, cold and flu. He demonstrates how to use a small ceramic neti pot filled with salt water and adds, “It’s great for a serious sinus infection.”
Heidi, 36, is embarrassed by her foot odor, which she says smells like a horrible mixture of rotten eggs and nacho cheese. Dr. Sears performs a smell test and agrees that her feet are indeed pretty stinky. He explains that foot odor is caused by bacteria and suggests that Heidi soak her feet in a tub of black tea for 30 minutes every day for a week. The tannic acid in the tea kills bacteria and closes the sweat pores in the foot. To demonstrate, Dr. Sears sets up a soak for her, and by the end of the show, Heidi notices a marked improvement and kicks up her heels!
Newlywed Erich checks in via Web cam to ask The Doctors if they can help him with his bad gas. Erich says that he loves Tabasco sauce and puts it on everything he eats. He doesn’t know if it’s the source of his flatulence, but he has to do something to fix the problem if he wants to stay a married. “When I wake up in the morning, my wife is ready to kill me!”
Dr. Travis explains that gas is formed in the colon and the odor comes from ammonia, methane and hydrogen sulfide, which are byproducts of gas formation. High fiber foods such as beans, broccoli and dairy tend to increase gas, so Dr. Ordon suggests that Erich keep track of what he’s eating (besides the Tabaso sauce) in order to pinpoint the main offenders. Over the counter remedies like Gas-X and Beano aid the diffusion of gas formation inside the body, and a flatulence deodorizer called Flat-D can be worn in undergarments to offset the smell outside the body.
Chronic Bad Breath
Ryan, 22, is embarrassed by his chronic bad breath, which is also called halitosis. His sister, Summer, exclaims, “It’s so bad you can smell it from two feet away!” Celebrity dentist Bill Dorfman explains that the key to eliminating bad breath is to kill the bacteria on the tongue. He discourages the use of mouthwash because its high alcohol content dries out the mouth and causes the bacteria to proliferate.
Dr. Dorfman demonstrates his three step treatment, BreathRx Fresh Breath System, which emphasizes scraping the tongue to eliminate the bacteria that causes the unwanted odor. Brandon is eager to get started!
Paul, a prostate cancer survivor, is embarrassed about his erectile dysfunction. Urologist Dr. Aaron Spitz defines erectile dysfunction as a man’s inability to have or sustain an erection long enough to have satisfying sex. He goes on to say that an erection is a complex orchestration of the brain, nerves, chemicals, spongy tissue and blood flow. In addition to Viagra, several treatments are available to help a man achieve and sustain an erection. A vacuum pump, prostaglandin injection and penile implant are all various means to get the job done, and Paul is encouraged by his options!
A hemorrhoid is a swollen or inflamed vein in the anus and outer rectum. Dr. Ordon explains that they can occur either internally or externally and can be terribly painful. Hemorrhoids are essentially varicose veins and can be caused by genetics, constipation, straining during bowel movements, obesity and/ or sitting or standing for long periods of time. They commonly occur during pregnancy and Dr. Lisa stresses that women shouldn’t suffer them silently. Dr. Sears adds that hemorrhoids can be treated with warm baths, creams, water and exercise. In more extreme cases, rubber band ligation can cut off the hemorrhoid’s circulation.
Jennifer has had a stubborn mole for more a year and is desperate to get rid of it. Dr. Ordon takes one look and realizes that it’s a wart, not a mole, and offers to remove it onstage. He assures her that warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by a papiloma viral infection in the top layer of the skin. He swiftly burns and cauterizes the offending growth in no time flat. “Thank you!” Jennifer giggles happily.