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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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My daughter has them I think. Going pharmacy tomorrow for ovex. Hopefully that will work. Tip here for adults that may sound bizarre. I did here the french foreign legion used to get rid of them by drinking absinthe. I know absinthe hard to get hold of and expensive but I believe pernod or ouzo work just as well. It must be the aniseed because absinthe contains wormwood which indeed does kill intestinal parasites. So maybe the odd tipple will do the trick for us grown ups. Failing that there's always aniseed balls. Worth a try I suppose.





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I've recently caught these wonderful things (pressumbly from my nephew who has just started school)me, my family and my boyfriend and his family have taken the medicine two days ago. I still have itchy bum and live ones in poo. Very worried with online comments saying people cant get rid of them so I'll comment again with the results after I've taken my week two follow up to kill eggs. Every scrubbed, including me! so hopefully the little s***s will be gone soon! Good Luck fellow worm carriers!!





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Am 21 1 and have thread worms I only get then once I have eating I am in the bath twice a day very clean and everything and can't get rid of them I have had them for like 4-5 years but the past 5 months I haven't got rid of them I have taking the tablets and the solvent medication and they haven't gone at all what is there for me to do I have seen my doctor been to all different place for it and I have ha no help with anything what can I do





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I have had reocurring threadworms for year. Medication no longer works on me, but i think i have eventually cracked it & been worm free for 6 months. I shower morning & night, scrub my nails in the shower & every time i wash my hands, wear pants in bed. When i remove my pants i put them straight into the washing machine. Wash all laundry at 50 degrees at least and eat a handfull of pumpkin seeds every day. 6 months ago when i was infected i ate 500g of pumpkin seeds in 1 wk. Im 100% certain this is what killed the pests. I take a daily dose of the seeds for prevention & kept up the hygiene rules. Good luck. Laura

i have had them on and off for 30 yrs. usually after i've eaten a lot of sugar products snacking. i usually stick to crisps. so i get a mirror remove the culprit. wash thoroughly and eat raw carrot nothing else no drink for breakfast and they go away. sometimes its a few yrs so i'm not sure if i just get reinfected i'm a teacher of ict and often share a mouse with kids! i don't get down about it but do wonder if they are living inside me !!





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I am 13 and have had worms on and off for a few years now, I have good hygene, and dont put my fingers in my mouth or anything. I have taken ovex tablets every time, and just when I feel confident again, bam! ... I get that uncomfortable squirmy feeling. I am getting to the point of insanity, i'm just so depressed about it. I have seen so many people say it never goes away, is this true? or is there any hope through remedies or stronger medication- ANYONE who has PERMANANTLY GOT RID OF WORMS PLEASE, PLEASE I NEED TO KNOW HOW??? It would be great to feel like a normal, happy kid again!





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Hi can thread worms just dissappear and how old do u have to be to buy Medicean





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In June, I had food poisoning causing my stool to be green and my anus to bleed every time that I wiped. Since then, I haven't really noticed my stools being a funny color but my anus continued to bleed. Now, four months later, I'm still having this problem, and it is also hurting me to poo, wee and even walk. So I went to the doctors and after a quick examination it came back that I have a fissue or something (a tear on the anus) and piles. Even though she was confident that this is what was wrong with me, she wanted a sample. So when I got home, I did the sample. Except my stool was like a dark colored green. I don't know how long it's been this color, because for the past couple of months I've checked the toilet paper for blood, not my poo color. There was also patches in my stool were is was a much darker green color, almost like it was mouldy. To top it off, what did I find? Thread words, yay! I've been doing A LOT of research and I'm nearly crying at the fact that a lot of sites say you can't get rid of them! Booo! For my other two problems, I'm currently using rectogesic and anusol. But after doing my research, it says about not putting things around your anus because then the worms will lay eggs inside, and you need them to lay eggs outside so you can wash them away. Will these creams affect that? It's so hard having three conditions at once. My doctor (who doesn't know I have worms, because I realised after) suggested a healthier diet, e.g. less meat, sugar and caffeine and more fruit and veg. I know this will help threadworms anyway, but is there anything else I can do? I wash daily, we've bleached all the surfaces, I have a seperate towel and bath sponge. I wash my hands BEFORE I flush the toilet then again after. WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO GET RID OF THESE MONSTERS?





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help its back now my son is at school the strange thing is there not white there dark what are they i need an answer.its infected ne and my partner im worried it will infect my 6 month old





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I've had threadworms for years now. Have taken repeated doses of Vermox and still remain infected. What next?





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I'm exactly the same Keith. I follow strict hygiene and have spent a fortune on ovex etc. Nothing works at all!!! It's come to the point where I'm almost suicidal!!

My 9 year old son has worms yet again! He is now going into year 5 and has had them since year 2. Got to the stage of giving him vermox on a regular basis to try to break the cycle. Has a lapse and here they are again! Really at wits end now and could do with some help or a miracle. Would a laxative type of medication help to clear the stomach and bowel?





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