It’s TMI Tuesday! The Doctors answer your most mortifying health questions. Plus, solutions to help eliminate embarrassing, excessive sweating. And, a shocking surgical procedure you won’t believe: See how one man’s ankle helped save his severed hand!
What the Health?!
From an innovative surgical procedure to a new approach to keeping your marriage strong, The Doctors discuss the latest health news.
Itching “Back There”
Sandi says her family has been struggling with a pinworm infestation — small, white worms that live in the colon — for about two years. While the male worm usually dies, the female pinworm will travel to the rectum to lay her eggs on the anus, causing the human to experience intense itchiness. Proctologist Dr. David Rosenfeld joins The Doctors to shed some light on this common cause of itching “back there,” and offer a solution to Sandi’s problem.
“Pinworm is the most common worm infestation in humans,” says Dr. Rosenfeld. “Forty million Americans have them, and most don’t know that they have it.”
Lara, 34, joins The Doctors seeking a solution to her excessive palm sweat. While most people experience sweaty palms when nervous or during physical exertion, Lara says her palms constantly sweat so profusely that she has ruined keyboards at work and stripped the color from her cell phone case.
“I leave wet handprints everywhere,” she says. “I can’t pick up anything made of glass because I’m afraid it’ll slip out of my hands.”
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sabrina Fabi explains that Lara’s condition, known as hyperhidrosis, causes her sweat glands to go into overdrive, regardless of climate or activity level, and gush for no reason. The condition most commonly affects the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, underarms and face, and is often made worse by stress.
While Botox is often used to curb excessive sweating, Dr. Fabi says that the treatment may not be enough for someone suffering from hyperhidrosis. She says that there are surgical options that may be more helpful for Lara, including surgically removing sweat glands.
A Fungus Among Us
Christina, 50, says she’s been suffering from an embarrassing and uncomfortable skin condition for more than three years. The big, patchy rash begins on her lower back and extends all the way down to her legs. Diagnosed as a fungus, she says she has tried every topical cream, prescription ointment and even nail polish to try to curb the infection, with no success. She turns to The Doctors for help.
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