From bed wetting to plantar warts, The Doctors answer the big question: Why is this happening to me?
Curbing Crow’s Feet
One of the most common areas for wrinkles to develop is on the sides of the eyes, better known as crow’s feet. Lee, 35, is frustrated with her crow’s feet, and wants to know why they are developing when she is just in her mid-30s. Dr. Ordon explains that crow's feet develop "from the action of closing your muscle. What can lead to that is squinting, not wearing sunglasses, not protecting your skin and just your genetic makeup. Some people are more prone to getting wrinkles than others, and actually getting crow’s feet in your 30s is not that unusual.”
Dr. Ordon explains that there are ways to combat the frustrating wrinkles: Applying Retin A, which you obtain from a doctor; Botox injections, which stop the action of the muscle from squinting; and new laser treatments, such as the Coolaser treatment, which Lee has performed on the show!
The Coolaser procedure stimulates the production of new collagen from underneath the skin by evaporating the top layer of the skin, which reduces wrinkles and discoloration. After just three treatments, Lee’s crow’s feet are nearly gone! “What you’re going to see is that brand-new surface without wrinkles,” says Dr. Simon Ourian, who developed the Coolaser procedure and performed it on Lee. “The best results come from multiple treatments. So if you can combine a little bit of Botox, a little bit of filler and definitely stimulating the production of new collagen by using the laser, the Coolaser will give you brand-new skin, youthful skin, which is very healthy and natural and the results look just like you did 10 years ago.”
Seven-year-old Katie’s bedwetting is causing her and her mother, Heidi, sleepless and frustrating nights. Heidi sets an alarm clock to wake Katie up during the night so she can use the bathroom, but it doesn’t always work. “She’s such a deep sleeper that instead, it’s me who’s getting up and getting her out of bed,” Heidi says. “It’s like having a newborn again. It’s exhausting, and I really need this to stop, for all of us!”
Dr. Jim makes a house-call to help Katie with her nightly problem. “This is actually pretty common,” he says. “Fifteen to 20 percent of kids this age are probably still wetting the bed at night. This isn’t an emotional or psychological problem. This is just a basic communication problem between her brain and her bladder.”
To help Katie learn to wake up and go to the bathroom when her bladder is full at night, Dr. Jim gives her a bed-wetting alarm, which fits inside of the pajamas and makes a loud noise when it gets wet. Even though it goes off once the child has urinated, “it gets the brain a little bit used to waking up around the time you’re supposed to go,” Dr. Jim says. “It’s kind of like your alarm clock in the morning. After a while, you start waking up just before it goes off. That’s how this works.”
He also suggests a “Sweet-Dreams Chart,” as a motivational tool that gives Katie a gold star for each night she stays dry. Heidi says the suggestions have worked after just a week, and Katie is staying dry at night! “It’s been wonderful,” she says. “Just having that piece of mind that this alarm is going to go off when she starts wetting the bed, it’s just helped so much. She’s actually stayed dry Monday through Friday!”
Though the alarm and chart may not work on every child, Dr. Jim explains that another alternative is using pull-up diapers. Also, staying away from sugary drinks, such as soda and juice, at night can help, as well. “Some kids just grow into it sooner, and some it’s later,” he says. “Children that still wet the bed are making a little too much urine, and they are such sound sleepers that they just don’t wake up. Just about every child, though, will eventually outgrow this.”
Plantar Wart Problem
Sisters Taren, 17, and Mackenzie, 14, share a frustrating foot problem. They both have plantar warts on their feet, which cause pain when they play sports. The virus that causes the warts can spread easily, especially in locker rooms and among families where common showers are used. If left untreated, plantar warts can become large and even cancerous.
Podiatrist Dr. Philip Radovic removes each sister’s warts using different techniques. After numbing Mackenzie’s foot, he cuts and scoops out the wart. Because he doesn’t go all the way through the skin, so he doesn’t need stitches to close the incision.
For Taren, Dr. Radovic uses liquid nitrogen to freeze it off. The procedure takes about 30 seconds and causes frostbite to the affected area, making the wart blister and fall off. The freezing is about 86 percent effective, and sometimes requires more than one treatment, while cutting it out is nearly 100 percent effective.
Dr. Travis reveals he also has had a plantar wart for about six months, and asks Dr. Radovic to remove it. The guest doctor demonstrates yet another treatment. He applies a painless, topical substance to Dr. Travis’ foot. He cautions that the area will become inflamed but the wart will blister and fall off within a week or two. “The big thing is, if you are in locker rooms, wear flip-flops,” Dr. Travis says. “If you think you can pick up the virus, try to protect yourself.”