Edith finds out about her new skin condition when she consults Dr. Lee turns to find a cure for her seborrheic keratoses
On Wednesday, July 20th, Dr. Sandra Lee in the second episode of season 8 of “Dr. Pimple Popper, which airs on TLC, is targeting a new group of high-risk patients. dr Lee talks to Edith, a patient who recently received unexpected news about her itchy skin.
Edith, 67, of Portsmouth, VA, has growths on both sides of her face, from her temple to her jaw and again from her shoulders to the middle of her back. The size ranges from a pin to a pea to a nipple. They’re all rough and remind her of broccoli. They itch, and Edith admits to scratching them in the past. She is now worried about transferring them from one side of her face to the other.
Edith first saw them about 20 years ago and the growths started erupting all over her face about 15 years ago. They began to increase in size, and it seemed that another would appear and join the other. She admits to having seen a doctor before who said there was nothing they could do. She’s gotten so many of them that it’s getting harder and harder to hide them. She is looking at Dr. Lee for a permanent solution to resume her social life and to be an active participant in her children’s lives.
Edith now feels itching between her fingers and on her wrists, making her concerned this is the start of what is already on her face. She travels to Upland, California with her daughter Francis to see how Dr. Lee determines if the persistent itching all over her body is the same as that on her face. dr Lee examines Edith’s face and diagnoses her with seborrheic keratosis. She says they are nothing to worry about and that the spread has nothing to do with her constant itching. dr Lee claims that she can freeze them with a freeze spray, causing them to calcify and fall off.
dr Lee can see the scratches on Edith’s hand because the marks on her arm point in a precise direction. Because the skin is darker, she can see where Edith used to scratch often. The one on her wrist, on the other hand, is new and drives her insane. Edith explains that she has been itching for a month. dr Lee adds that she has noticed some strange findings on Edith’s wrist and hand creases that she believes are unrelated to her seborrheic keratoses. as dr Lee discovers white, moving spots that are usually an indicator of a mite living on human skin, she suspects a few things are going on here. Scabies is a more common term. She described it as a mite unique to humans that can cause extreme itching. Edith has it on her wrist and between her fingers, as is common with humans. She won’t know for sure until she scrapes the surface and analyzes the tissue under a microscope. Under the microscope she can see small mites, her eggs and her faeces.
according to dr Lee, the shedding of mites creates a small reaction on the skin that makes humans incredibly irritable. She finds ducts in Edith caused by scabies caused by human-specific mites that live on our skin. She urges viewers to look for them on the wrist, in the creases of their fingers, around the belly button, and in the groin. She adds that the white and gray lines are tracks that the mites follow as they crawl into the skin. She goes on to say that we don’t itch because of the tiny mites that live on our skin, but because of the irritation caused by their feces. So she decides to do two things with Edith. To assess whether she can diagnose scabies, she must first scrape out one of these cavities and examine it under a microscope. The second is for the treatment of seborrheic keratoses. She plans to use liquid nitrogen to freeze as many as Edith can handle due to the pain.
dr Lee uses liquid nitrogen to target the larger markings on her face. She describes how difficult it is for individuals to apply liquid nitrogen to their skin. In particular, it causes frostbite in seborrheic keratoses, but not on the skin because harsh treatment could damage the skin. dr Lee then scratches some of the spots on Edith’s hand to see if she can remove a mite from it and confirms it with a look under the microscope. According to the test, Edith has scabies. She shows Edith and her daughter a video of the microscopic view and prescribes a cream for her and her roommates to apply all over their bodies from head to toe because scabies is transmissible from person to person.
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Edith, two months after her appointment with Dr. Lee a noticeable change in her face. In their opinion, the scabies treatment is also effective. She is no longer afraid to be social and no longer hiding.
“Dr. Pimple Popper Season 8 airs every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on TLC.