Pamela Ichard has been afraid to leave the house, ever since puberty set in.
The 46-year-old Louisiana woman has a rare skin condition called Rhinophyma, that causes bumps, discoloration, and rapid growth to her nose.
"When I was 15, I had beautiful skin, and my nose was a normal size," Ichard says. "Puberty set in, acne set in — it got to be really bad. The bumps became purple, and red, sometimes tissue would come out of it."
"The doctor would prescribe me different types of medicine, but nothing worked," Ichard says. "When my second child came, I noticed that the shape of my nose changed. From that point on, my nose continued to swell up and become disfigured."
Ichard will be appearing on the show The Doctors, where she will be sharing her story and hoping to find a solution.
"Despite going to different doctors, no one could tell me what was going on with my nose," she says. "Every time I looked in the mirror, something would be changing on my face. My nose is so large I was embarrassed. It has stopped me from leaving the house. I've had anxiety for a long time."
The Doctors called in Dr Sonia Batra, a dermatologist, to see if she can help Ichard. Dr Batra says this condition is rare in women, and even more rare that it developed so early. There's no cure for Rhinophyma, but Dr. Batra has offered to give Ichard a life-changing surgery. The operation will shave down the excess tissue and hopefully make Ichard feel like herself again.
"It's a new beginning," says Ichard.