Channel 4 in the United Kingdom hosts the television show, Embarrassing Bodies. There's also a website providing health information that is detailed, audacious, graphic, and absolutely engaging. On it, you'll see close-ups of breasts, testicles, vulvae, and most other body parts in Grey's Anatomy that are suitable for self-examination. The show launched in April 2008 and was watched by over 12 million people. Since there, Embarrassing Bodies has seen countless downloads of health videos, page views on every topic of consumer health care, The website houses self-check videos that help people learn about conditions from A to Z (er, zed), from "acne" to "zits," from the esoteric xanthelasma (cholesterol deposits underneath the skin under the eyes) to the more common genital herpes (both, graphically illustrated). As Adam Gee, Commissioning Editor of Channel 4, said, the program, "helps people to avoid literally dying of embarrassment."
23 year old Claire came to the clinic to discuss her embarrassing problem with Dr Christian. She has a sore labia that has previously swelled up to four times its normal size, and Clare was desperate for some professional advice. On examination, Dr Christian found the right labia minora was much longer than the other so referred Clare to a specialist. Cosmetic surgeon Dr Angelica Kavouni suggested surgery to remove the excess skin and reduce the labia in size. A few weeks later, with Clare rapidly recovering after the successful surgery, she returned to show Dr Christian the results.
The doctors hit the streets of London to investigate how stress affects so many people's health and their sex lives. They also treat night terrors and problems with recurring mouth ulcers.Watch Now:Amazon
52 year old Patrick visits Dr Pixie about problems with anal leakage. Dr Pixie refers him to a consultant surgeon to find out what the cause is. The consultant discovers that Patrick has a limited diet which is very low in fibre, causing severe constipation. He is then referred to a dietician for advice on improving his situation by changing what he eats. Specifically the dietician recommends Patrick eats more fibre and drinks more fluids. On his return to the clinic he tells Dr Pixie there has been a big difference and he is able to do more than he used to.
It was the busiest day so far for the Embarrassing Bodies mobile clinic as it parked up in the centre of Nottingham. First in to see Dr Dawn was Summer who was being plagued by a thick build up of ear wax. After examination, Dr Dawn notes the excessive build up and advises that cotton buds may be making the situation worse by aggravating her ear canal. She advises a course of ear drops with possible ear syringing if needed.
First into the clinic is 50 year old Mark, who after 30 years of putting up with phimosis (a tightening of the foreskin around the penis) has finally decided to seek help. This condition affects around 10% of uncircumcised men and Dr Pixie advises Mark to visit a urologist to decide which treatment would be best, which can include the use of steroid creams, stretching methods and circumcision. Mark opts for circumcision and joins the 12,200 men who have this procedure for medical reasons every year. It is a simple operation where the doctor removes the foreskin, keeping the glans permanently exposed and now Mark is able to have sex without experiencing any pain at all.
The doctors head to Hull to set up a breast check clinic. Dr Christian recommends a radical new cure for piles. And Dr Pixie meets a woman who has suffered from sweaty feet for over 20 years.
The clinic meets a man with a large lump in a private place, a woman with an embarrassing vaginal discharge, and a case of a hairy female bottom. The nation's favourite doctors return to the Costa del Sol to tackle more embarrassing beach body problems, and waiting to see them in the mobile clinic is David, who is worried about a large lump on his testicle. And all three doctors are on the beach to remind holidaymakers of the dangers of fun in the sun. Back in the UK, the show meets a man who has to breathe through a hole in his neck.
In this first episode the team takes to the streets of Cardiff, with the help of dentist extraordinaire James Russell, rounding up ailments left, right and centre but first Dr Christian has a visit at the clinic from ambulance technician Keith. Keith’s got a rather sensitive penis complaint that he’s keen to sort out. Dr Christian soon diagnoses Peyronie’s disease. Realising the severity of this particular case Dr Christian sees surgery as the only option, and refers Keith on to a neurological surgeon who he hopes can straighten things out. Keith meets consultant urological surgeon Mr. Paul Anderson to discuss options. With advice from his surgeon Keith opts for a Nesbitt’s procedure which removes tissue from the unaffected side of the penis so that things balance out when sewn back up, even if slightly shorter. After a two-hour procedure Keith’s penis is corrected, with Dr Christian recommending that he waits a few months before seeking further treatment for his excess foreskin.
Dr Pixie sees a man who's struggled with an itchy bottom for 20 years while Dr Christian deals with an enormous pair of breasts Dr Dawn talks periods with three young women who volunteer to measure their own menstrual flow to assess what's constitutes a normal amount. The doctors meet a man who can't stand the sight of his own reflection. The mobile clinic arrives in the Welsh seaside town of Llandudno ready to sort out some bothersome boils and investigate the nose and ear picking habits of local residents.Watch Now:Amazon
The episode begins with David, who has come to the clinic to see Dr Christian about a troubling skin infection in his armpit. Dr Christian diagnoses the condition as Hidradenitis Suppurativa, caused by blocked sweat glands. Having already tried antibiotics without success, Dr Christian prescribes a temporary treatment of strong steroids, although these do improve the condition they are not a long term solution and David is sent to see a plastic surgeon. At St John’s Hospital in Livingston, David is given a skin graft which completely removes the infected skin and replaces with layers of healthy skin taken from David’s thigh. We revisit a relieved David four months after his surgery to see the condition completely cured. Next through the clinic doors was a now 9 year-old Nancy, a year earlier Nancy came to see Dr Christian about a large number of warts on her hands. After freezing the warts and prescribing a cream, Dr Christian finds Nancy’s hands are now completely wart free.Watch Now:Amazon
The UK has the 2nd highest number of teen mums in the developed world. In 2007, 43,000 teens got pregnant, that’s 118 a day! The Embarrassing Bodies team put down the text books and let teen mums tell their stories – which includes excessive farting, piles and contraceptionWatch Now:Amazon
The Embarrassing Bodies team have been trucking around the nation, in Cambridge they met 18 year old Lucy who was suffering from alopecia, or hair loss. Dr Pixie sent Lucy to see hair loss specialist David Lewis. Her scalp and hair was examined using a camera that magnifies the strands 400 times, this allowed David too diagnose Lucy with a hereditary condition that leaves the hair without any cuticle coating, causing breakages and stopping the hair from growing. As there is no cure Lucy was given a complete hair replacement procedure, whereby a new permanent head of hair is glued onto her scalp. To celebrate Lucy really let her hair down!Watch Now:Amazon
James continues his experiment of living with hookworm inside his intestine. Christian attempts to help a woman who had some botched cosmetic surgery in Thailand. Pixie talks to a patient whose huge breasts are ruining her life. Caroline's diabetes is damaging her sex life.
The team are in Tamworth this week , where Pixie attempts to help a man whose bottom wound hasn't healed in six years. Christian talks to a woman with a mysterious whistle. Pixie pays a visit to a pop festival in Staffordshire, where microbiologist Professor Val conducts a forensic examination of the toilets. Dawn offers her top tips on nipples.
This week’s episode starts with a visit to the clinic for Natalie, a 31-year-old woman who has had to endure taunts from children about the boils and cysts that she has suffered since childhood. Dr Pixie suspects she is suffering from painful cystic acne, and sends her to a specialist for treatment with antibiotics and lazer resurfacing. On returning to the clinic, Natalie has been prescribed the contraceptive pill and some small skin grafts that drastically improve the appearance of her condition. The EB bus heads to Merseyside, where Dr Christian sees a case of a pierced problem nipple, whilst Dr Pixie sees a case of dermatitis that has it’s sufferer scratching himself in a very sensitive area. Meanwhile Christian puts a hydrocele sufferers mind at ease. Dr James meets Thomas, whose mouthful of manky molars has left him with a smile that would worry a 70-year-old, but he’s only 20! Dr James recommends implants, but Thomas’s smoking substantially reduces the success rate, so dentures are going to have to be tried first. Read Dr James’ guide to How to Look After Your Teeth > The docs hit the streets of Liverpool to talk about feet, helped out by local podiatric surgeon Emma Supple, with some cases of calloused corns and nail psoriasis on display. The docs also hit the streets of Merseyside to see if they can persuade the ladies of Liverpool to give high heals the heave ho… Next in the clinic is Anna, who has come in with a swollen arm and leg that Dr Christian diagnoses as Lymphodema. After visiting a specialist clinic, Anna starts a course of treatment involving manually massaging the excess fluid out of the swollen limbs. Dr Pixie sees a young woman called Emma who is suffering from a hernia and excess skin after two pregnancies. Dr Pixie sends her off to a surgeon for repair to her umbilical hernia, and removal of the excess skin. Next up, Dr Priya sees an unusual case of an abscess just above a man’s bottom, called a PiWatch Now:Amazon
Kirstie, 21, dropped in to see Dr Dawn concerned about her inverted nipples which she’d been suffering with since puberty. Kirstie’s inverted nipples meant that she had been unable to breastfeed her baby and the thought of going through the same pain again was putting her off having more children. Dr Dawn sent her to see breast specialist Dr Yannis Alexandrides who advised a surgical procedure which would give Kirstie a 90% chance of being able to breast feed. Surgery was successful so Kirstie returned to the clinic to show Dr Dawn the vast improvement.
The doctors visit Brighton, where they get to the bottom of a bleeding anus and some pus filled tonsils. There's also advice for stag and hen parties on personal hygiene and safer drinking. And Dr Christian meets a patient who wants to have a realistic nipple after losing hers to breast cancer surgery.
This week’s episode starts with 8-year-old Charlotte from Suffolk who’s been suffering from sore verrucas on her feet for over 2 years. Dr Christian sends Charlotte for tests to check her immune system and try and find out why the virus is winning. The tests reveal that her immune system is unable to fight the virus and so the usual treatment for verrucas will not do the job. Whilst a formaldehyde treatment produces some encouraging results, further immunology test reveal that she’s missing certain lymphocytes and the possible treatment course includes a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy. +++UPDATE+++ Charlotte’s operation to remove the verrucas from her foot appears to have been successful and her foot is healing really well. She’s back on her bike and back to being a normal child, pending a potential bone marrow transplant. The EB bus heads to Southend, where Dr Priya has a patient with case of cold feet, medically known as Chilblains. Dr Pixie’s patient can’t stop scratching her itchy sores while Dr Christian has a customer with a permanent runny nose due to nasal polyps. Next up is a visit to the dentist for 27-year-old Lyn from Aberdeen. Lyn arrived to see Dr James because she has an addiction to fizzy drinks that has left her with missing, rotting and discoloured teeth. After extracting the rotten teeth, Dr James recommends implants, but only if Lyn will give up smoking, as it drastically reduces the success rate of the procedure. After a long day in the dental hot seat, Lyn has a new set of pearly whites. Visiting the clinic next is David, 24, from Shropshire who’s had an embarrassing swelling for more than half his life. None of the treatments and tests have been able to ease his enlarged sore lips. Dr Pixie suggests that the swelling is a possible sign of an allergic reaction. Tests reveal that David is allergic to cinnamon and a long list of preservatives; so he sets off in search of a new diet. The docWatch Now:Amazon
First through the door this week is 18-year-old Cherie who’s suffering from back pain caused by extremely large breasts. The best option to ease the discomfort caused by her gigantic 30JJ bust is breast reduction and Dr Pixie refers Cherie to a specialist surgeon to get the procedure done. Visiting the dental clinic is Richard, 27, who has painful, aching teeth. Dr James’ examination reveals that Richard’s teeth are worn down as a result of Bruxism, an involuntary grinding of the teeth. Richard is sent to a specialist to clear the decay in his gums and teeth before Dr James can restore his smile with veneers and crowns. Read Dr James’ guide to How to Look After Your Teeth > Next in is Vicky, 28, who’s been dealing with boils in her groin area. Dr Christian believes the boils are caused by a condition in the sweat glands called Hidradenitis Suppurativa. As Vicky’s case is fairly mild, Dr Christian recommends treatment with antibiotics, the contraceptive pill, or acne treatments as opposed to more invasive surgery. The EB Bus heads out on the road, and first in is Amanda who feels that she has very large labia – but Dr Pixie’s examination reveals she’s perfectly normal. Meanwhile, Sharon shows her severe skin condition to Dr Christian who sends her to a dermatologist for a more accurate diagnosis. The specialist seeing Sharon prescribes topical creams to treat her scaly skin that’s been badly sun damaged. Julie visits the clinic because her ear is flaking skin and secreting gunky liquid. Dr Priya believes July has chronic otitis externa, an infection and inflammation of the ear, and sends in some sample swabs to be analyzed. An Ear Nose and Throat specialist injects an ointment into Julie’s ears and clears up her infection. Next in the clinic to see Dr Christian is Sarah who’s been suffering from lumps around her eyes for years. The condition is known as xanthelasma and it causes fatty growths around the eyes. Dr Christia
This week’s episode starts with Rachel Smith who has become increasingly hairy in the past few years, especially in her nether regions. Rachel suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and it is this that is causing her excessive hair growth. Dr Pixie sends her to a specialist to tackle her PCOS and for laser therapy to reduce the excess hair. The EB bus heads out on the road again, and first through the doors are Jenny and her dad David, both suffering from the same suspicious skin condition. Dr Christian diagnoses the white patches on their skin as Vitiligo meanwhile Dr Pixie diagnoses a patient’s protruding problem as calcification and Dr Christian sees a diabetic patient who’s losing his nerves. Then there’s Maria, a nurse from Kent, who had a heart operation 14 years ago that has left her with a large, hard scar between her breasts. Maria suffers from Symmastia, a frequently congenital condition in which both breasts connect at the centre of the chest, though the condition can develop due to surgery as well. After seeing a specialist surgeon to see how to best deal with the problem, Maria is informed that the tricky procedure may leave her with more scarring and opts to wait to make her decision. Up next is Keith, 31, who’s developed a seeping sore scalp that has left his hair growing in clumps. Dr Christian reveals that Keith has developed a rare form of Folliculitis, an inflammation of the hair follicles caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. Keith is prescribed an ongoing treatment of antibiotics and topical creams to battle the fungus. Sasha is a 24 year old who’s been suffering from lack of sleep because of her excessively loud snoring. As snoring is caused by a blockage in the respiratory structures, Dr Priya refers Sasha to a specialist who does a small surgical procedure to open up Sasha’s passageways. Dr James makes Sasha a dental guard as well, to push her jaw forward and create even more breathing space during sleep
This week the portable clinic pitches up in Caerphilly, Wales, and Dr Dawn helps a lady who's hiding a secret pain inside her national dress and a man who's been walking through his problems for 20 years. The clinic is open for business meeting brave people sharing their problems, and nothing's left uncovered. Dr Pixie's hit a bump tackling some testicle trouble, Dr Christian meets a woman whose baby bottom burns are still bothering her as an adult, and a lady for whom weight loss has left her nipples near her nether regions; and Dr Dawn has a mystery case of festering feet the likes of which the show has never seen. Dr Christian takes the 'Brain Sex' Challenge to discover if our genital sex really does match up to the way we think. And in the 'Living With' series, the programme features a truly amazing 14-year-old girl with a rare condition called Progeria, which means she's living in the body of a pensioner.
Tropical disease specialist Dr James Logan joins the team. Dawn and James travel to Thailand to look for embarrassing souvenirs Brits could be bringing home with them after a trip overseas. James infests himself with parasitic hookworm. In the United Kingdom, Pixie talks to Carol who has an addiction to coffee enemas. Christian attempts to help a woman who was one of the first to have breast enhancement surgery.