People like dermatologists, hairdressers, beauticians, and more get paid to work with the human body, meaning they come in contact with some gross skin conditions. As you might expect, they see it all - gross pimples, huge cysts, and stuff you can't even imagine. And thanks to morbid curiosity, Reddit asked these professionals about their medical horror stories, all equally riveting and repulsive in their own, flaky, slimy, disgusting ways. Dermatologists revealing the grossest things they've seen may inspire you to keep you own body in check, for some awful dermatological diseases exist out there. Your skin, like any other organ, needs to be kept healthy for you to be in tip-top shape. If you don't do that, your back lesions will be the talk of the spa employees long after your massage ends.
From Redditor /u/cassieawesome:
I work in long-term care so I deal with urine and feces daily. Not usually a problem for me, I get right in there to get the job done. The one thing that has truly grossed me out was when a new resident was showing me his nightly routine so that I could get accustomed to it.
He was on the toilet and whipped out a bottle of mineral oil. He stuck his index finger in the bottle in a descriptive step-by-step manner and proceeded to stick his finger knuckle-deep under his foreskin. He was digging around for a solid minute before he pulled out his nightly, cheesy surprise. How I managed to keep a straight face is beyond me.
From Redditor /u/KypriothAU:
When I was a kid the hairdresser in my home town told me she gave free hair cuts to some of the elderly and indigenous people, and once found a spider nest in an aboriginal man's hair. I hope she was exaggerating but you never know.
Cottage Cheese Fungus
From Redditor /u/eleventwelvepm:
I had to do pedicures when I was in beauty school and there were so many old ladies who came in and had toe fungus and couldn't reach their toes to cut their nails so we had to do it. It looked like cottage cheese stuck between their toes and nails and sometimes it was just impossible to trim and make them look nice. I remember chunks of fungus flying out when I scraped their toes and it landed on my face and hair. We couldn't turn them down and I swear they knew that so they took advantage of it.
They should have just seen a doctor instead of having some poor girls scrub their disgusting feet.
From Redditor /u/MaBecen,
Removing more than 10 bot fly larvae from a man's scrotum. I was working at a mission clinic (I'm not a doctor, I was just helping, holding this or that, grabbing gauze, etc.). We would have to remove some bot fly (larvae) from people every now and then. That wasn't that bad until a family brought their father in; he was in his late 60s and was in the early stages of dementia.
The family told us he had started wandering off recently and when they would find him, he would always be naked. He said he just wanted to be naked, like it was nothing. So the family explain that he wasn't feeling well and the found him in the woods again and that's when they saw his really swollen sac. They brought him in and there he sits. It was pretty gross but also really cool. They have these little hooks that make it really hard to just pull them out. The doctor numbed him up and just started to take them all out.