Normal or Not: Anus Itching Video

The Doctors play a game of Normal or Not, and reveal whether certain body problems are normal or not.
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Travis Stork: So, we are going to try something called normal or not? I am going to quickly describe the symptoms if someone has asked us on our web site anonymously and then each of the doctors here is going to tell us whether or not is it normal or not? Travis Stork: So are you ready? Dr. Raj: Yeah. Travis Stork: "I get itchiness on my anus at bedtime. Dr. Raj, normal or not? Dr. Raj: So, this is actually not normal surprisingly, right. Itchiness in the anus at night could be a sign of a pinworm infection. People tell me oh! that does not happen in this country; it is actually the most common worm infection in this country. It often happens with children and Dr. Sears knows more about that, but what is happening at night, the female worms that are living in your intestine, actually crawl out of your anus and lay eggs in the skin in that area and that is causing itchiness. So, how do know that is happening? Well, there is something called a "scotch tape test" where you actually take some tape - I think yeah! We have some here. So, you put tape, put it on the like a little over and stick or you just tape itself with your finger and you put it on your anal area, either in the middle of the night or if you don't want to get up the night, first thing in the morning. You then take that tape to your doctor, he or she can analyze it under microscope and see if there are eggs there. If you have, it is very treatable, but you know, you have to find out if you have it. Jim Sears: Yeah! like you said "it is rarely common" I see this a lot in kids and what is kind of grows is those eggs - you know the eggs laid, your anus starts to itch and most kid people will scratch during their sleep, so the eggs are now on you hands... Dr. Raj: Under your fingernail, yeah. Jim Sears: ...under the fingernails and if they get back into your mouth then indeed the whole cycle starts over, that is actually the life cycle of the worms. So, that's why I tell kids, wash your hands when you wake up and after use the bathroom. It is so important. Travis Stork: All right, moving on, I have deep lines and stretch marks on my breasts after having a baby. Dr. Ordon! Normal or not? Andrew Ordon: That would be normal. Dr. Raj: Don't tell me just because I said I had a baby... Andrew Ordon: Of course. Yeah! I just know this as a doctor. It is totally normal and we talked about stretch marks and we think of with women going through pregnancy stretch marks on tummy. Well, it's not just the tummy. Lisa Masterson: It's on the thighs and arms. Andrew Ordon: Thighs, hips, and... Jim Sears: I can have them on my biceps every time I flex. Andrew Ordon: Well, guys can get them too as they go through growth spurts, so what I think as a single best thing we can do now is fractional CO2 laser on stretch marks. It will softer them and make it better and something that I do for women all the time actually breast augmentation by putting an implant in, stretching the skin out, putting that skin under more stretch, actually eliminates the stretch marks. Lisa Masterson: Right, because actually you see it more once the stomach is deflated, essentially not tightened anymore. Andrew Ordon: Just like a tummy tuck by pulling that skin down that has stretch marks, although the stretch marks are still there they look better by being pulled. Dr. Raj: But here I would advise waiting until you are done with all your kids, right? Andrew Ordon: For both tummy tuck and breast enlargement. Travis Stork: Well, Dr. Raj, thank you for joining us.

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