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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 used to get threadworms a lot when I was younger, however now as an 18 year old girl I have them again. I read online that you have them for life and this has really freaked me out. Especially as I have OCD and I'm finding it hard to deal with the fact I have a parasite as it is, I also have very strict hygiene rules. I shower several times a day and bleach/ clean most evenings. What treatment will work best? And it's not for life is it?





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Fri evening my daughter has thread worm. I given ovex liquid and Sunday evening she still has them. So I give another dose but now reading the bottle I should have waited 2 weeks!! Will this harm her? Should we go a&e. I feel awful.





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There are cases where people have to take it daily for a month, unless it was an excessive amount in a short period of time they should be fine. If they feel unwell though take them to the doctors.

I've had them on and off for years and got them again I have no clue how they are coming back but they are horrible and they're ruining my Socail life and sleep I am now 15 and they've came back I have a girlfriend I'm to afraid to see her because I may get the itch or I'm worried of infecting others does any know any simple quick ways to get rid of them except medication





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OVEX simply does not work for me. Cannot get Pripsen anymore (that paralysed then so they expelled, used to work years ago when my son used to catch them from nursery). Cannot get a dr to prescribe anything stronger, & I am going nuts. I start to itch every evening, so hard to deal with when you are not at home. I ended up double dosing ovex and taking every day at 1 point, but it simply did not kill them. I clean religiously to try and prevent reinfection.I have had them hatch in my ears, used tea tree to flush them out. I have had them in my urethra, and get very sore. Had enough just had enough.





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Louise I have the same problem ie ovex not working , I have taken them every 7days for a month and still no luck. Maybe pripsen online ?

can threadworms prevent you from conceiving for a baby?? me and my fiancée have been trying almost 2 1/2 years now and still nothing I'm just really egar to know. + can threadworms be the reason I have great difficulty putting on weight?? I eat like a pig and can't even put on a stone!! Thanks :)





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I'm wondering if anyone is experiencing/has experienced a sharp wriggly feeling in the anus (like a worm is actually crawling inside) but not really the itching? And also not necessarily at night? I think I've had them as a child and now more recently (now in my twenties) on and off for about 10 months. Everything I've read about the symptoms doesn't include a crawling sensation.. I'm starting to feel like I'm going mad, like perhaps I'm thinking about it so much I'm convincing myself I still have them?! But seriously it's starting to take over my life - I feel silly saying it but reading this I'm clearly not alone! I've tried the medication but the symptoms keep coming back. I'm an exceptionally clean person so I really don't understand, just wish it could get sorted!!





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Yes they definitely wiggle as they come out of your bottom. I think that sensation is far worse than the itching.

I remember having threadworm as a child but I now still regularly suffer with them as a 25 year old adult. I am very clean and shower daily. I live with my partner and 7 year old step daughter. They both have a bad habit of biting their nails but I have never known any of them to scratch their bottoms , ever. My step daughter would definitely tell me if she had noticed anything untoward. Why do I keep getting these things, it's getting me down!





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Hello, I'm a 17 year old female. Living in England at the moment. When I was about 12-13, I realised these small white worms in my poo and on the tissue I wiped it off with. Gross I know. But I just thought it was nothing maybe something I had eaten. My mum never took us to doctors when we were younger, she isn't well so I took care of the family. She just takes it for granted that me and my siblings are perfectly "healthy", and now when I book my own doctors appointments if needed, the bloody doctors are useless I swear! I haven't gone about the worms yet, will next week. They don't actually help me. And I think there's so many things wrong with my body, if I tell them they don't actually to anything to prevent it. Now at 17, 18 in January, I actually realise I have worms. Got every symptom going. So I think I've had it for years! Even younger than 12-13. I have a really bad loss of appetite sometimes, and if I'm actually willing to eat and make myself full, I'm hungry the next hour. I'm very skinny, I have tried putting on weight for years! But now I know why! I eat a lot aswell! Nothing helps! No matter how much I eat. The main question is after having them a long time of period will this affect my health? For the future or now? Im a very sporty person and I don't even tend to put on much muscle. Would I be able to gain weight if they were gone? And what would you strongly recommend to get rid of them? A few things listed would be great thanks. Think I have them in my ears aswell. So anything that could get rid of them from my whole body. I'm fed up of being this skinny I just want I gain weight. I go up and down in weight all the time, last time I weighed myself I was under 7stone before that, I was over 7stone.





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You can buy Mebendazole online or at boots. Albendazole cures other types of parasites & you need a prescription in the UK - but if you go on holiday pop in at a pharmacy to see if they sell without prescription. I heard a nutritionist once saying that parasites are normal and that everyone, specially if you eat dead animals, needs to do a treatment every 6 months wether you suspect you have or not because a lot of the time you don't feel any symptoms. Read about the meds, ask a pharmacist or doctor - and I agree - docs in the UK are extremely bad at taking steps to preventing patients getting sick. The meds alone will work best if you consume garlic - not joking. Garlic will go everywhere in your body. The vermin might run away from the intestine and hide in muscles or under skin or even go to your brain - so as rank as garlic can be, make sure you always consume some garlic to stay on top. Home remedies include: -shower as soon as you get up each morning -use tea tree wipes after cleaning your butt - boil a cup of almond milk with 7 cloves of garlic and drink it first thing each morning - smash 80 pumpkin seeds and boil with almond milk then drink it - eat papaya - chew on cloves - Blend the water and meat of a young coconut and drink it - wear underwear and change as you see fit - clean toilet seat (home and public) with Milton wipes before and after using toilet. - Wash bedding, towels and bottoms at highest temperature - if infestation is visible then wash bedding daily - Spray rubbing alcohol on a cloth and use on door handles and switches and everything you touch a lot - like your computer keyboard - clean your floor/carpets - don't allow pets in your bedroom - desinfect shoe soles each time they enter your home - avoid eating out/getting take aways - soak fruit and veg on a bow for 30 mins in water and 1 big spoon of vinegar before consumption - drink bottled water or boil the water before drinking - everyone in the household needs to get treated

Can you become infertile from threadworms?





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Lately I've be noticing that I have threadworms. I've read up about them a lot . Me and my boyfriend have been trying for a baby since June and nothing has happened so far I'm just wondering could the threadworms cause infertility ?





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