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Threadworms

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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 have thread worms usually when I'm on my period? I don't understand why try to stay as hygienic as I can espesially while on my period?





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Ovex DOES work, I have an 8 ytear old child, so worms are a way of life as all school kids infect each other. Using Ovex does stop the infection, but you have to follow the complete regime of washing hands, changing bed linen and hovering regulary.





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my 3 year old son was treated for threadworms, since treatment, he hasnt complained of itching and i havent seent he worms since. but he has started pooing in his pants, showing no sign before hand of needing to go, it just happens and also has a light green sticky discharge from his bum aswell. this has me very concerned as i can find anything about this happening. he never pooed anywhere but the toilet before this treatment its not like him and the discharge is rather alarming. please help!





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I havent had a poo in 2 days but just dont feel as though i need one, i have managed too squeeze one out however i noticed small thread like worms in my pants and have looked at my poo and havent noticed anything in my actual poo? Do i have threadworms and if so what medication can i use?





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I have been having diarrhea for over a month now, it started just occasionally so i thought nothing of it but now its became a daily occurrence, I've also been having a very itchy anus which i chose to ignore until i thought maybe the two could be linked. A couple of weeks ago I noticed I had worms in my poo so I googled it and I am very certain I am suffering from threadworms. I'm way too worried to tell my parents because most websites say it's a common problem in children and I am far too embarrassed about it. I have taken strict hygiene measures and done everything I can but nothing is working and I'm so worried they are going to be here for life or cause even more serious issues. Is there anyway I can deal with this without having to tell my parents? I am over 16 is it possible to buy the medicine or do I have to have a prescription? Is it possible to see my GP without my mum finding out? Or even better is there a way I can get rid of the worms without taking any medicine? I am desperate but telling my parents is the absolute last thing I want to have to do! Is there any other way because I am so scared I will just suffer in silence until it's too late. Also is my diarrhea linked to this problem or is it a separate issue completely?? Please help I hate this so much!!!!!!!





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Just go to the chemist and ask for ovex tablets. You need to take one straight away and one 2 weeks later. It's not your fault and your parents will defo have had it themselves at some point. They may even have it now or be the ones that gave it to you!! You don't need to see a Dr, just go to the chemist ASAP. It's horrible, I have it myself at the moment so I understand your misery. I work in a school.

Hi My Wife has been unwell Her :doctor: Has not helped Her with Her condition. After watching E B about Hookworms I think She might have worms All the itching is driving Her mad. Will taking Ovex work?





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So October last year I got this itchy sensation on my bottom, I had no idea what it was and to my stupidity I kept scratching. I have never had worms before and I didn't what the symptoms were I though it could have been washing powder or something because I always switch depending on price. Any way so after showering it soothes the itchiness then I Google my symptoms and clearly knew it was on worm's. I have still got them, I've cut my bails short, wash my sheets and all clothes on 90 degrees and change bed every day, constantly sanitise mu hand, was my dogs fur, vac up every day. My boyfriend I'm constantly arguing with him over this, asking if he's sanitised his hands, and of course I've used over used it constantly for two weeks once. I don't know what more I can do. I sound dramatic it's constantly on my mind and drives me crazy. Do you think it's worth going to doctors. Please help, I've read things about people havi g them for years it's been 8 months I cry all the time I just feel disgusting and unhygienic. Please help





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Just go and buy treatment for it..: simple

Are there any tablets or liguids to completley get rid of thread worms at the chemist help me please.





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There's a well known and effective brand of threadworm tablets called Ovex. Hope this helps :)

There is ovex, it works for me for a couple of days, but for many it seems to work and you don't need a prescription

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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U must take another ovex tablet two weeks later for it to get rid of the eggs that hatch . Hope this helps xx





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