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Threadworms

Threadworms

If we’re talking worms, then we’re talking parasites – small intestinal parasites, to be precise. It sounds hideous, but the threadworm (or ‘pinworm’) is the most common worm parasite infestation of children in the UK (although, any age can be affected). They are usually passed on through poor hygiene, live about 5-6 weeks in the gut, and then die. But before doing so, the female worms lay tiny eggs around the anus, which leads to itching during the night. The resultant scratching can lead to eggs getting onto our fingers and under our nails, which we may then swallow, beginning the cycle of infestation again. However, threadworms can usually be eradicated with medication and strict hygiene. But if you think humans have it bad, then you should consider grasshoppers, who play host to ‘hairworms’ which essentially brainwash the insects with a cocktail of chemicals that makes them commit suicide by leaping into water. In light of that – an itchy bottom is nothing!

Remember that you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.

If your child is itching down below, they may have thread-worms, check our guide for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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I have been having diarrhea for over a month now, it started just occasionally so i thought nothing of it but now its became a daily occurrence, I've also been having a very itchy anus which i chose to ignore until i thought maybe the two could be linked. A couple of weeks ago I noticed I had worms in my poo so I googled it and I am very certain I am suffering from threadworms. I'm way too worried to tell my parents because most websites say it's a common problem in children and I am far too embarrassed about it. I have taken strict hygiene measures and done everything I can but nothing is working and I'm so worried they are going to be here for life or cause even more serious issues. Is there anyway I can deal with this without having to tell my parents? I am over 16 is it possible to buy the medicine or do I have to have a prescription? Is it possible to see my GP without my mum finding out? Or even better is there a way I can get rid of the worms without taking any medicine? I am desperate but telling my parents is the absolute last thing I want to have to do! Is there any other way because I am so scared I will just suffer in silence until it's too late. Also is my diarrhea linked to this problem or is it a separate issue completely?? Please help I hate this so much!!!!!!!





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Hi My Wife has been unwell Her :doctor: Has not helped Her with Her condition. After watching E B about Hookworms I think She might have worms All the itching is driving Her mad. Will taking Ovex work?





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So October last year I got this itchy sensation on my bottom, I had no idea what it was and to my stupidity I kept scratching. I have never had worms before and I didn't what the symptoms were I though it could have been washing powder or something because I always switch depending on price. Any way so after showering it soothes the itchiness then I Google my symptoms and clearly knew it was on worm's. I have still got them, I've cut my bails short, wash my sheets and all clothes on 90 degrees and change bed every day, constantly sanitise mu hand, was my dogs fur, vac up every day. My boyfriend I'm constantly arguing with him over this, asking if he's sanitised his hands, and of course I've used over used it constantly for two weeks once. I don't know what more I can do. I sound dramatic it's constantly on my mind and drives me crazy. Do you think it's worth going to doctors. Please help, I've read things about people havi g them for years it's been 8 months I cry all the time I just feel disgusting and unhygienic. Please help





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Just go and buy treatment for it..: simple

Are there any tablets or liguids to completley get rid of thread worms at the chemist help me please.





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There's a well known and effective brand of threadworm tablets called Ovex. Hope this helps :)

There is ovex, it works for me for a couple of days, but for many it seems to work and you don't need a prescription

I think I might have threadworms, but I'm too embarrassed to go to the pharmacy for the medication, I feel like I will be judged as unhygienic when I'm actually a really hygienic person. Is there a way you can get the medication online? Also, are there people who have found the medication to be effective? I'm worried that it won't work. I've changed my bed, washed all my clothes and hoovered my room so I'm hoping that the medication will help too.





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I have had threadworms for ages I have it again now I'm going to get the worming pill tomorrow this is like 5 times I be had it in like 4 months I hate it I need to get rid of them completely help !!!





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I hv threadworms..since many yrs..sumtime they disturb..like itching n all. then I put coconut oil at d surface of anus. every time I saw one worm comes out from inside.. donno..what for.. I used to catch n kill. nxt day I take a zentle tab or noworm tab. effect remains for 3 months.





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Hi, adult male, 36. I heard that you should consider taking a dose of worm medication annually to kill any worms that may be living in your intestines, even though you don't have any actual symptoms. The drug recommended to me is mebendazole 100mgs (morning and evening for 3 days). Is there any benefit or risk to doing this?





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Mebendazole (e.g. Ovex) does not work, unfortunately. Google the problem, people have been suffering threadworms for years, tried mebendazole with no effect at all. The worms are now immune to the medication.

I'm 23 week pregnant and have thread worm witch is horable but also have piles , I'm so upset , any advice please





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Don't touch ovex at all during pregnancy. I took it in the first trimester not knowing I was pregnant and miscarried am 100% certain it was due to taking ovex

HELP ME I HAVE TOOK 3 MEDICINE SPOONS ( Of course every 2 weeks) AND THEYRE STILL HERE WHAT SHOULD I DO





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