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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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Hi there, im a mummy of 2... my son had worms for a while "i didnt know at the time what it was" untill my mum brought it up, then clicked ive had the same things as him so went and bought pills for it over the counter... he is still scraching his bum so i dont think its worked!! Is it true you cant get rid of them its worrying me sick :\ he must of got them from school as ive got OCD and EVERY is bleachd every day the loo, floors, kitchen ect an hand gels after washing ha.ds when using the loo its really getting to mee :(





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I think its important to point out that it says in the article that they are caught through poor hygiene .. which is maybe what is leading some people to talk of feeling ashamed, embarrassed or dirty. It is other people's poor hygiene that enables you to pick up this infection in the first place .. any of us can get it from anywhere! Be annoyed, but not embarrassed! It doesn't reflect on you..





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It is incredibly common and really nothing to be ashamed of at all! Just go to your doctor and get a prescription (or if not pregnant just go to the pharmacist). It is so very easy to get rid of them, but it just gets worse if you don't.





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Has anybody got photographs of what I should be looking for?





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At the top of this article! They are tiny .. about 2-3mm long, white and wriggly.

anytime i ever had them as a kid they went after been dosed





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Food grade diatomaceous earth gets rid of all internal parasites - try it!





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2-4 cloves for 60 days will kill them plus eggs. You will feel like crap when your body tarts detoxing them out. Eat them Rae minced and chase with water before bed. Do not exceed 4 cloves garlic is a blood thinner and very powerful.





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Please can someone help every time i am coming onto my period i often get the first signs of worms before it starts then i have them during my period and they go at the end please can someone tell me why this is happening i am a hygienic person and always wash my hands after going to the bathroom.





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My 7 year old daughter has had threadworms for 5 and a half years.To begin with she had lots of them wriggling around in her nappy butpast 3 years there is only 1 worm appearing when my daughter has an itchy anus? we sent a sample to hospital to confirm threadworm and that came back positive and she is on vermox day and night for 3 days after every episode.I am really upset for her now and would like answers as what to do next?





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Hi please can someone help me I can't put up with this anymore I have had worms before but I went to my gp and they got rid of them for me but my itching has not stop it got so bad that some time I can't even walk please please help me





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You must go back to your gp .. maybe it is not the threadworms alone. And there are many other reasons for anal itching. Even if it is the worms, that means you need further treatment.





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