'Save My Skin': Gavin seeks to get rid of itchy, smelly skin disorder that forces him to bathe 3-4 times a day
For 15 years, Gavin has been dealing with a rare condition called the Hailey Hailey disease and it has affected his life in every way. Hailey Hailey condition is a rare genetic disorder that tends to affect areas such as the armpits, neck, chest and groin.
Due to his condition, Gavin finds it hard to lead a normal life. There are times when the condition leaves his skin itching and sore. There have been times when the rash starts oozing and to make things worse, there have been times when it stinks.
The smell of the rash makes it hard for him to feel confident and he is forced to take a shower almost three-four times a day. Despite this, the pain and irritation caused by the rash makes it hard for him to even enjoy time with his family. His wife admitted that there are times when he is irritated because he feels uneasy due to the rash.
His children have also admitted that they would want their father to be more present in his life. The same was echoed by Gavin who confessed that his condition stopped him from enjoying time with his children like he would have hoped to.
Gavin knew he does not want to live the rest of his life in the same way. So, he decided to meet Dr Emma Craythorne. Once Dr Craythorne examined, she suggested that the best way to control it would be to get a carbon dioxide laser surgery. Gavin agreed and even though it was a painful process, he knew it was something that had to be done.
During the first consultation, Dr Craythorne removed some of the skin with the help of the laser. After a couple of weeks, Gavin came back and Dr Craythorne performed the laser treatment. She asked him to wait for a couple of weeks before they tackled the area near his genitals.
Gavin agreed but already felt happy and positive about the change. For the time being, Dr Craythorne provided Gavin with cream and gel that he needed to apply in the area to make sure that it is under control. After a couple of weeks, Gavin returned and he confessed that he was feeling much better and looking forward to starting a new life.
'Save My Skin' airs on Thursdays at 9 pm ET on TLC.