Boys, Boys, Boys
First broadcast on Wednesday 29th October 2008, 8pm Channel 4
Repeated Wednesday 22nd July 2009, 8pm Channel 4
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The doctors are back meeting some of the patients from the Embarrassing Teenage Bodies series. With this week’s episode focusing on boys, the doctors are itching to find out whether Nathan’s Acne has cleared up, and whether Martin’s man-boobs have been given the heave-ho.
The docs have headed down to Newquay to find out what boys on a jolly by the seaside like to get up to. First through the tent doors is 17-year old Tom, who’s found a worrying lump on his testicle and wants Dr Dawn to check it out. The diagnosis is varicocele, an enlarged vein that is normally benign, but can impact on future fertility. Dawn packs Tom off to the fertility clinic to get things checked out.
Back on the beach Dr Christian is delivering some eye-watering advice to a group of unruly teenagers on the dangers posed by STIs, whilst 18-year-old Martin comes into the clinic with a condition that means he’s the only one not sunning himself on the beach that day. Dr Dawn’s diagnosis is gynaecomastia, or man-boobs, but whilst surgery can be an option, in Martin’s case the advice is just to wait and see if they disappear once puberty has finished.
Dr Christian next goes above and beyond the call of duty by entering a teenage campsite. With everything from festering athlete’s foot to revolting skidmarks on display, these band of boys come with a health warning! Dr Christian packs their underpants off to the lab and there are some shocking results later on.
In the beach clinic, 17-year-old lifeguard Jack has rolled in with a bizarre condition called surfer’s ear. This occurs when someone is continually exposed to cold water, and leads to bony growths in the ear hole. It can be operated on, but earplugs are a much better solution to preventing the problem.
With Christian still traumatised from his trip to the Newquay encampment, it’s left to Dr Pixie to make a house call to a group of teenagers whose alcohol consumption the night before was truly staggering. With the teens feeling pretty good about their overnight endeavours, they get a sobering wake-up call from Pixie about the dangers of liver disease, and are shocked to learn that most of them are still over the drink driving limit from the night before…
Totting up units of alcohol might seem taxing, but it’s nothing compared to 16-year-old Jonathan’s daily routine when dealing with diabetes. With his confidence low, Dr Christian sends him to meet Trinity Wildcats Rugby star Danny Sculthorpe, who has conquered his Type 1 diabetes and no longer lets it rule his life.
And finally there’s 16-year-old Nathan, whose acne has seen him withdraw within himself. A consultation with Dr Dawn sees Nathan prescribed a course of antibiotics and several weeks later his skin is showing signs of improvement, though the treatment is long term.
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The ETB team would like to thank:
Trevelgue Holiday Park
Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence
Andrology Solutions Fertility Clinic
Val Edward-Jones, Professor of Medical Microbiology, Manchester Metropolitan University
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