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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 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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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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I am worried about threadworms because of everything I read and I don't know if I actually have them. I have seen "worm" looking things but I don't know if I actually have threadworms, I have not told my mom but I plan to. I'm really worried!





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hi I've treated my hole family for threadworms my 3 year old had them. we all had the ovex treatment but my youngest is 5 months and can't have the ovex I'm breastfeeding and bottle feeding I've stop breast until the treatment is out my System but I'm pumping so I don't dry up. last night I pumped before bed 5 and a half oz and without realising put it in the fridge and gave it to my 5 month old but then realised I still can't breastfeed her. I took the ovex tablet Monday round about half 6pm. Will my 5 month old be ok?





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hi I've treated my hole family for threadworms my 3 year old had them. we all had the ovex treatment but my youngest is 5 months and can't have the ovex I'm breastfeeding and bottle feeding I've stop breast until the treatment is out my System but I'm pumping so I don't dry up. last night I pumped before bed 5 and a half oz and without realising put it in the fridge and gave it to my 5 month old but then realised I still can't breastfeed her. I took the ovex tablet Monday round about half 6pm. Will my 5 month old be ok?





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I am on The Master cleanse and the other night before I went to bed I mixed a little bit of diatomaceous earth into my drink. Well the next day I smelt something wrotten. I thought it was one of my pets but couldn't figure it out. Shortly after I blew my nose on these pink handkerchief I have and on it I noticed to little worms. you can imagine my shock but I have read countless stories like this I just did not think it would happen to me. So obviously these things are in my body. The cleanse and DE must be chasing them out. I googled the incident and read simular stories regarding this parasite. Has this happened to anyone else?





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