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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 heard you never get rid of them but surely you could is there any possible way of getting rid of them for good? It is making me very paranoid please help





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They give me sharp pain in gut they dont just stay in anus i used purel on my sides and they caand they rose to the surface it scared me i never seen nothing like it they were like 1/2 inch caterpilers around the ankles and feet i coudint belive it was happining scary ive been trying naturl remadys i hope i can get rid of this shit im on daiysis my imunne sistem is shot when it rains it poors this shit can be hella depressing shit ive even had suicidal thoughts my health is bad enough i want them gone they consume your life thx for letting me vent we all need to bitch once in a while yall take care JD.





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Diatomaceous Earth (food grade): works a treat 1teaspoon per night can mix with hot or cold drink, for 30 days drink lots of water sorted





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I do not think it is possible to get rid of the threadworms which are infesting people in the UK now. I am a victim as well, caught them from a nursery school child three years ago, ate tons of meds, herbal stuff, cleansers, of course mad hygiene.... to no avail at all. They are not dying off after all my efforts, and I think this is some horrible, mutated, med-resistant strain. Unfortunately, no research is being done at all, and the GPs keep prescribing Ovex, which doesn't work.





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Getting rid of them sure is tricky but in the end it's all down to really strict hygiene and in the morning making sure to wash your anus as this will remove any eggs resting there that will then hatch and go back into your intestine, causing the process to start all over again, hope this helped :)

Am 21 years old I have ibs which is irritable bowl syndrome I have noticed I have threadworms' there absolutely disgusting makes me ill thinking about it. My bum is really itchy and annoying am getting to the point of suicidal because of them am scared to go to the doctors or to the chemist becase am ashamed gets me really upset can anyone tell me what I can do t get rid of them please. And could it affect me getting pregnant because i have them really scared thanks in advanced.





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You can buy treatment for threadworms from online pharmacies without a prescription. Just Google threadworms. The tablets are quite cheap.

My little girls has been complaining of stomach cramp for 2 weeks only to find she was white worms in her phoo..went straight to the chemist 2 days ago for the tablets and there now wriggling out of her bum aspec at night shouldnt they be dead by now???





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My dad told me most of kids have it once at least in their life so Im sure the "never goes" is not the norm. Over the counter medicine , good hygiene , washing clothes and lining at hight temp, should do the trick , avoid sugary food, I think I have them I was not itchy but uncomfortable and not only in my bottom, I took a look with a mirror anD I THINK I saw something wriggle, got totally paranoid, cried and started cleaning like mad. I assume I got them from my daughter who goes to nursery ,urgh poor thing, so we all have taken the meds and following the stuff i mentioned before. Dont get depressed about it please , its a common thing so Im sure it can be sorted for all of us. good luck xx





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I'm 17 and have realised i have threadworms, I have only had this for no longer than around 6 months, I keep feeling sick and my toilet visits are decreasing leading to a bad stomach, what medicine should I take?





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Hello I'm a 16 year old girl and I suffer with threadworms badly even tho I'm constantly washing my hands and washing my sheets ect doing everything I keep getting them like 2/3 times a months medicines not helping ?





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Drinking lots of sea salt may help you, this is apparently not the same as table salt and contains something that kills the worms, you will have to do this for a couple of days or weeks and it only kills the worms not the eggs they lay

I am 18 and a male. I have been suffering from an itch anus for a while and i have recently discovered it may be worms. I have taken my tablet which i got over a counter and it still really itches my bum. What can i do? It is hard to handle :(





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I feel your pain,i two have done the same thing its a full time job and costly after 5 months i started to sleep and be symptom free and even put on 10lbs ;how ever am not sure which part worked i became complacent with my process and i now have full blow- out break agen, am a 33 year old young man and am under weight pain and constantly in pain from sowlen joints and itching all over my body legs, feet, hands, arms i relly cant take it any longer i do not want to live like this at all god please help deliver us from this misery every one thinks am crazy..





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