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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 family got treated part from me as I'm 13 weeks pregnant but was given a prescription which I had to wait till 12 weeks to take but found out it's been taken off the shelf, now I have no medication for a pregnant women to take it's been 3 weeks in total and still have threadworms which is really making me paranoid for my health and baby's. What can I take that's safe and home remedy to make them go quicker other then the hiegene as it making me very depressed





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I've had thread worms about 6 years now and I've had enough. however, I'm to scared to go to my doctors to get medication. can I buy them over the counter? is it normal to have these? I'm worried. thanks in advanced.





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Just go to the pharmacy and get Ovex. Perfectly normal.

Just go to the pharmacy and get Ovex. Perfectly normal.

I'm 14 and I found out I have thread worms I don't know for sure though. I'm scared to tell my parents. More embarrassed actually. I haven't gone to the doctors and I'm scared. Will I have it my whole life? I have no idea how to tell my mom. Please I need help. I'm scared! Also my butt is very itchy and I cannot sleep at all. Help me please





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I've had thread worms for what seems like years! I was embarrassed about it as well but I done something about it when i was 15 since it felt like it was getting worse and worse. I told my parents and ordered thread worm tablets and the problem disappeared! Just after one tablet. But the problem came back due to poor hygiene once again and not spraying the area clean. Trust me, one pill and it went away and your parents will understand. Just make sure to clean areas of your house. (Mainly the bedroom or the area you sleep) and the infection should stop.

Recently found one and I have pictures I wish to confirm if they are thread worms and can it be sexually transmitted





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Two years ago, i got a random infestation, my hygiene was not poor or anything like that so it was a shock.. My mum got me tablets but after two days they had all passed through anyway, i did take them though and they had gone. Although the following year in the same period of two to three weeks i found 1, just 1 worm, which scared me again, but without medication, this was the only one, recently, another year on, the same thing happened, it was a few days ago and i have not yet experienced any further infestation. It is always during summer, is this significant? Will I always get this? Please help, thank you.





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You never get rid of threadworms once you have them. Ive had them 5 years now. You have to imagine you are like a dog or cat and just need to take worming tablets regularly until someone can come up with a medicine which will kill them all for good. Dont listen to a doctor who tells you its impossible to keep having them. You absolutely can. They always stop breeding in the summer months and its the only time you get a couple of months relief. Good luck.





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My son is constantly getting worms and has done since he was about 18 months old(he's 8now) would their b a reason for this or anything other than being clean I can do (I'm a bit OCD) ? It's not good as I suffer health anxiety and really panic when he has a new infection :(





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I have just found out I have threadworms and am really scared now! Will they come back my whole life even if I go to to my GP and get the meds? I'm 13 so I don't wanna be stuck with it forever! Is there anything I can do because I have just got them today? Also how did I even get them in the first place?





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I have 4 children.My 6 year old has had recurrent thread worm since she was 18 months.Initially, she had many worms and in the past 18 months,when she complains of an itchy bottom, there are only 1 or 2 to be found, even after taking vermox, no more to be found in her stool.I am at my wits end now and treat whole family every time but my other 3 children have never shown any signs of infestation and I just don't understand and want my poor daughter to be rid of this problem, HELP





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I am 35 and like my daughter who 9 I am suffering with worms I have 2 sons who don't seem to be infected. This has been going on for months I am taking the med and cleaning to the point of ocd. Is there any way of getting rid of them completely as it really embarrassing.





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