In the most recent episode of “Dr. Pimple Popper,” Season 8, Dr. Sandra Lee sees a patient who says she suffers from psoriasis. The episode takes place in Upland, California. Donna has a tumultuous past, and she is keeping her fingers crossed that Dr. Lee will be the one to finally unravel the mystery of her disease.
Donna, 49 years old and from Cleveland, Ohio, has skin that is dry and red. She suffers from serious skin issues that affect her elbows, arms, hands, chest, and neck in addition to her lower back. The condition that she feels to be the worst on her face gives the appearance that her eyes are tired or sagging. Psoriasis affects Donna’s father and her father’s mother, thus it is safe to say that it is a genetic condition that runs in Donna’s family.
In 2015, Donna first noticed an itchy place directly below her wedding ring. Since then, the problem has spread throughout her hand. After seeing her primary care physician, Donna was then referred to a dermatologist for further evaluation. She tried various topical treatments, such as lotions, ointments, antibiotics, and prednisone, but none of them worked. Because of her skin condition, she is unable to participate in many of the activities that take place throughout the day, particularly those that include water, which makes her skin irritate.
After suffering for seven years and trying numerous treatments without success, Donna decides to consult Dr. Lee in the hope of receiving some answers. Donna shares with the doctor the medical history of her family as well as the fact that she was previously diagnosed with psoriasis by other medical professionals. After learning that none of the treatments for Donna’s psoriasis were successful, Dr. Lee is able to deduce that Donna has had a difficult medical history. Dr. Lee makes the observation that the itchiness has heightened the sensitivity of the area around the eyes, which is due to the thinness of the skin in that region.
After taking a closer look, Dr. Lee notes that the skin around Donna’s neck and on her hands has developed an itching sensation as a result. Her fissures have tightened up and become so dense under her skin that they are already beginning to crack open. Plaque-type psoriasis, which does not grow on specific parts of the body and generally has a look that is thicker and drier, did not emerge on Donna, leading Dr. Lee to wonder whether or not Donna actually suffers from psoriasis at all.
Dr Lee believes Donna has eczema. Eczema is recognizable by its characteristic patches that appear weepy and drip fluid. As a consequence of this, Dr. Lee decides to transfer Donna to a new drug called Dupilumab. This medication was developed expressly for the treatment of eczema, and it has the potential to contribute to the improvement of the affected areas. Dr. Lee, on the other hand, recommends performing a punch hole biopsy on the portion of Donna’s skin that is affected in order to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Dr. Lee is certain that the new treatment will prove to be effective, but he believes that a punch biopsy will offer them with some more information. In the meantime, she administers the drug dupilumab to Donna and watches to see what happens.
Since her appointment with Dr. Lee ten weeks ago, Elizabeth’s skin has seen a remarkable transformation. Her disease had a profound impact on every area of her body, but she has almost totally recovered from it. Her skin has become less itchy, less red, and more noticeable. Corneal Pustular Dermatosis was the outcome of her biopsy, and Dr. Lee instantly started her on a new medicine, which caused a complete turnaround in the appearance of Donna’s skin.
Next week, on Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, TLC will air a brand-new episode of the eighth season of “Dr. Pimple Popper.”