| I’m A Celebrity: 2017 contestants face health issues as former campmates spill secrets

November 15, 2017


2017-11-15 14:35:35

I'm A Celebrity 2017 castI’m A Celebrity 2017 contestants face some major health issues [ITV]

Amir Khan, Jack Maynard and Georgia Toffolo – who split with her boyfriend to enter the popular ITV show – will face a whole host of health issues that may be difficult to avoid once in the jungle.

Ex contestants such as Adam Thomas and Ola Jordan have opened up on everything from ticks to leeches and the dangers that come with them.

Not only that but the famous camp medic, Dr Bob, has revealed how fungal infections are always rife.

Here’s all the health issues campmates face in the I’m A Celebrity jungle…

I'm A Celebrity: Adam Thomas finds a tick on his back in 2016I’m A Celebrity: Adam Thomas finds a tick on his back in 2016 [ITV/REX/Shutterstock]


Ticks are a major problem in the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! jungle with celebrity camp medic Dr Bob revealing he’s removed hundreds from crew and camp mates.

Dr Bob has sent crew members home who ended up “swelling half the size of an ostrich egg” after being bitten, and can even cause tick fever.

Symptoms of this are much like the flu and can be dangerous, Adam Thomas was forced to seek medical attention after finding a tick on his back in 2016, he said at the time: “I woke up this morning, I was giving myself a little wash and I’ve had a back pain for a few days and I just caught a glimpse of it in the mirror and it was this big black thing hanging out of the back of my back. I c*****d myself to be honest.”

He added: “I just feel weird that something’s eating you inside. I went to see Bob and he took it out.”

I'm A Celebrity: Adam Thomas gets medical attentionI’m A Celebrity: Adam Thomas gets medical attention [ITV/REX/Shutterstock]


The blood-sucking worms attach themselves to campmates, with Dr Bob previously explaining they love wet socks and belly buttons during a women’s menstrual cycle.

Explaining the danger, the show’s resident medic Dr Bob McCarron said: “[Leeches] are attracted to the time of the month and they’re attracted to heat. If it’s the time of the month they will seek out the nearest blood supply. We get camera crew finding them in their belly buttons.”

The leeches can cause infection if not removed properly and Dr Bob has previously admitted the camp’s red socks are to hide the blood.

He explained: “What they like to do on the celebrities is crawl into their socks and they do not even know it. If they walk in the rain they need to check themselves. In the first aid kit they have their own vinegar spray. Once you spray it they die.”

Ola Jordan found a leech on her toe while in the jungle in 2016.

I'm A Celebrity: Ola Jordan finds a leech on footI’m A Celebrity: Ola Jordan finds a leech on foot [Wenn]

Fungal infections

Dr Bob revealed rather worryingly that many suffer from fungal infections in the jungle due to their lack of hygiene.

He said: “We have problems every year with the cast, especially women, funnily enough, growing fungus on certain body parts, it’s a hygiene thing.”

He added: “Even though the celebrities in the camp are quite healthy, I have been instructing them to use the shower and (encourage) personal hygiene a bit more.”

I'm A Celebrity: Dr Bob explains a fungal infection problemI’m A Celebrity: Dr Bob explains a fungal infection problem [ITV]

Food poisoning

According to UK food scientist Richard Conroy, the most “toxic and dangerous” food is not from the Bushtucker trials but from the rice the campmates live on.

He told The Sun: “ITV bosses will be doing everything they can to ensure the campmates will be eating food that looks truly stomach-turning, but will provide no lasting damage.

“The funny thing is, camp staples like rice will probably be more dangerous than dishes served up during Bushtucker trials.

“With campmates likely to be hungry and tired, they must be careful how they store cooked rice. If it is left lying around in warm temperatures, spores of bacteria called Bacillus cereus will grow. The spores will quickly multiply and reheating won’t kill the bacteria off. What you’re left with is toxic rice that can serve up vomiting and diarrhoea.

“Celebrities could easily find themselves spending more time on the toilet that in the Bush telegraph.” 

I'm a Celebrity: Rice in camp can cause food poisoningI’m a Celebrity: Rice in camp can cause food poisoning [Wenn]


Previous campmates have revealed they suffered with illnesses while in the camp.

Carol Vorderman revealed there was a coughing virus going around during her time on the show.

She told the publication: “There’s a coughing virus going around, you will have heard it. Mine got worse and worse and worse, then on Saturday I had sharp chest pains so I asked to see Bob.

“It was like breathing through bubbles. Once I got the chest pains, I thought, ‘I need something’. He immediately put me on really strong antibiotics, electrolytes and glucose tablets.

I'm a Celebrity: Carol Vorderman suffered with a virus in campI’m a Celebrity: Carol Vorderman suffered with a virus in camp [Wenn]

“It took me two days to get over it. And by day three I felt much better. I was ill, properly ill.”

Who knew? I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2017 begins Sunday 19 November on ITV.

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