From cankles to wrinkles, The Doctors cover the top 10 problems that make women mad! What health issues make you angry?
Are you irked by the effects of aging? The Doctors hits the streets to find out what scares you most about getting older.
While most people are concerned about looking just a few years older than they are, Nguyen Thi, a 26-year-old Vietnamese woman, allegedly aged decades in a matter of days.
She claims the transformation occurred due to an extreme allergic reaction to seafood in 2008, causing her to develop a puffy face and sagging skin. At the time, she was too poor to seek treatment.
Recently, doctors examined Thi and found her condition may be caused by long-term use of traditional medicines spiked with corticoids, a steroid hormone, triggering mastocytosis, a rare skin disease whereby the body produces too many mast cells.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon explains that another theory of what caused Thi’s condition is lipodystrophy, a rare syndrome said to affect only 2,000 people.
• Anti-aging tips
9. Sore Breasts
Christina, a Facebook fan of The Doctors, says her breasts have been feeling more sore than usual, preventing her from focusing on work. She asks what could be causing the pain, and if she should be worried.
OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says that breast tenderness can be cyclic or noncyclic, depending on if the pain occurs [during] a woman’s period or not. “Obviously, if [the pain] is cyclic, then it’s usually related to hormonal levels,” she says. “If it’s noncyclic [and constant], that’s when we start to worry about things going on inside; either cysts or maybe the first [stages] of cancer.
“The first thing you have to do, absolutely, is go see your doctor and get a breast exam,” Dr. Lisa adds. “Then, you want to do things that are going to alleviate that pain.”
If the pain is cyclical, Dr. Lisa says missing a period by taking birth control pills can alleviate the condition. Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications or magnesium supplements under a doctor’s supervision and wearing a bra with proper support can help reduce the pain, as well.
Excessive underarm sweating is a common problem that affects — and annoys — many women, including Katherine, 20. To alleviate her problem, Katherine undergoes AxiLase, a minimally invasive procedure that destroys sweat glands in the underarm area, resulting in a permanent solution for extreme sweating.
Katherine and cosmetic laser specialist Dr. Mitchell Chasin, who performed the procedure, join The Doctors to explain who is a candidate for AxiLase, and reveal Katherine’s results!
• More solutions for excessive sweating.
7. Dry Eyes
Dry eyes can be caused by a number of factors, including the environment, excessive computer use or certain medications, such as birth control pills. Optometrist Dr. Tina Diehl demonstrates a quick procedure that can offer instant relief of dry eyes.
5. Problematic Thyroid
Despite being fit and active her entire life, former Baywatch star Donna D’Errico says that in the past year, her metabolism has slowed drastically, causing her to be concerned about her weight. “Suddenly my clothes started getting tighter [and] I noticed I was gaining weight,” Donna says. “I’m tired all the time. I don’t go out anymore; I stay in my house. I’m having so many different symptoms, and I’m wondering if, maybe, it’s related to my thyroid.”
To help diagnose her symptoms, Donna visits endocrinologist Dr. Katja Van Herle. Hear what Dr. Van Herle found, and learn what you should do if you are having similar symptoms.
Actress and Happily Divorced star, Fran Drescher, joins The Doctors to explain her battle with uterine cancer, and how she is helping others fight it.
“It took me two years and eight doctors to get a proper diagnosis,” she says. “Ultimately, I was, by the grace of God, still in stage 1. [Often], the reason we lose loved ones to cancer is almost always due to late-stage diagnosis. If you catch it on arrival, [there is a] 95 [percent] survival rate.
“Over the course of time, I started the organization [the Cancer Schmancer Movement], I wrote the New York Times’ bestseller Cancer Schmancer,” Fran adds. “Now we have a very exciting program, called Trash Cancer. The jig is up! It empowers through consumerism and education that everybody, all of us, right now, today, can start to reduce our risk of cancer for ourselves and our families by exposing ourselves to less carcinogens and toxins in our home.”
Learn the hidden carcinogens lurking in your home, and get Fran’s top tips for a carcinogen-free life.
• Cancer prevention tips
• Skin cancer
• Colon cancer
• Breast cancer
• Fran explains how her new children’s book, Being Wendy, helps kids be more accepting of others.