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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 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..

I have a very clean home with much attention paid to personal hygiene and repeated cleaning of surfaces in the home. I am 71 now, with auto immune conditions and 6 months ago to my horror I had the feeling of threadworm. I had this as a teenager and the sensation is the same. I am certain they are there and my partner also thinks he is infected and thinks he has seen them in his stool. I have been tested twice and it has come back negative but still this unmistakable sensation persists ! I /we have had repeated dozes of Mebendole, Abendozole ,Reece's Pinworm med. Also large regular quantities of Garlic, Carrot,Pumpkin Seeds, Cloves , etc Showers twice a day- ironing sheets , changed daily. Underpants in Dettol or Bleach then washed high temp, paper disposable towels and bath towels ( all of it costs a fortune ) We are at our wits end! This problem will not go away!!! I am in torment as it gives me the creeps literally! The treatments so far are simply not working but I am afraid to stop as I fear the infestation becoming worse! Please someone help!





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I do have some personal experience with this and thought I could offer some advice that would work for some not all. Mostly because what I found worked for me would be difficult for many. Not really an option for children. Suggestion 1: raw garlic. Chew it and get ready with a glass of water chaser. I originally did 6 to 8 cloves spread out over a day. 2: Sea salt (not table salt very important) water flush. Search the internet for instructions. Total top to bottom intestinal flush. Very effective. 3: I would take epsom salt and baking soda baths. 10 years ago started off a bad case after sitting for a neighbors dog. The itching woke me in the night from a dead sleep. I can't recall how long I did this for (a week maybe??) but I can say I have not had any noticeable reoccurance since. Do they ever go away? I figure if I don't notice they are there that is the best I can hope for. Recently picked up black walnut, wormwood, clove combo by "NOW" (on Amazon) that should help. I got this after having some intestinal issues after a bad meal and got me right within a couple days. I periodically do sea salt water flushes. Hoping to get one or two done this weekend. Best wishes to all.





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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





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