'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8: Dr Sandra Lee succesfully finds correct diagnosis for Donna
Donna's deteriorating, bleeding skin has aged her appearance and prevented her from participating in social activities
UPLAND, CALIFORNIA: Dr Sandra Lee receives a patient who claims she has psoriasis in the latest episode of 'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8. Donna has a complicated history, and she's hoping Dr Lee can finally solve the enigma of her illness.
Donna, 49, from Cleveland, Ohio, has dry red skin. She has terrible skin problems, covering her elbows, arms, hands, chest, neck, and lower back. The worst she finds on her face causes her eyes to appear weary or drooping. Donna admits that psoriasis runs in her family since both her father and his mother suffer from the ailment.
Donna's issue began as an itching spot beneath her wedding ring in 2015 and expanded across her hand. Donna first visited her primary care physician, who sent her to a dermatologist. She attempted lotions, ointments, antibiotics, and prednisone with no success. Her skin issue hinders her from doing many things throughout the day, particularly anything involving water, which causes her skin to burn.
Donna ultimately seeks answers from Dr Lee after 7 years of suffering and no treatment that has worked for her. Donna tells the doctor about her family's medical history and that previous doctors diagnosed her with psoriasis. Dr. Lee realizes Donna's medical history is complicated after learning that none of the psoriasis medicines worked for her. Dr Lee observes that because the skin around the eyes is so thin, the itching has made the sensitive area more visible.
Dr Lee observes how itchy the skin around Donna's neck and on her hands has become after taking a closer look. Her skin's fissures have become so tight and dense that they are already cracking open. Dr Lee notices no plaque-type psoriasis, which does not develop on certain portions of the body and normally has a thicker and drier appearance, leading the doctor to question if Donna has psoriasis at all.
Dr Lee believes Donna has eczema. Eczema is characterized by weepy-looking and leaking patches. As a result, Dr Lee switches Donna to a new medication called Dupilumab, which is specifically designed for eczema and may aid in the improvement of the affected areas. Dr Lee, on the other hand, suggests taking a punch hole biopsy from Donna's afflicted skin area to get the correct diagnosis. Dr Lee is confident in the new treatment's trajectory but believes a punch biopsy will provide them with some further information. Meanwhile, she puts Donna on Dupilumab and waits to see what happens.
Elizabeth's skin has changed dramatically in the 10 weeks since she saw Dr Lee. Every part of her body that was affected by her condition was almost completely healed. Her skin is less itchy, red, and visible. Her biopsy result was Corneal Pustular Dermatosis, and Dr Lee promptly started her on a new medication, causing Donna's skin to take a full 180.
Tune into TLC next Wednesday at 9 PM ET for a brand-new episode of 'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8.