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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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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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Is there any medicine stronger than Ovex that you can get to treat pinworm? Have had problem for years now and Ovex just hasn't worked for us. We are all being driven crazy ....and the lack of sleep doesn't help yiu rationalise the problem. It seems to be a very vicious cycle that results in extreme fatigue and depression. Pls help if you know any other remedies.





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Ovex does not work for everyone! When you have been suffering from pin worms for months or years,you will do or almost try anything to resolved the issue. You are generally well past the simple hygiene advise. We have had them for 9 months. Our house is like a clinical environment (towels only used once, paper towels for hands, disposable bedding changed daily, clothes changed and washed every day, hands washed to a point where skin is splitting). This has not resolved the issue, we have a major infestation made worse by not getting any help from the medical profession. If Ovex does not stop the worms wiggling for one day (the wiggling can go on every minute of the day driving you mad), how can you stop the eggs muliplying. I supposed 5 baths a night followed by showers may not be enough (sorry but I think when people are fatigued and depressed they will have tried major hygiene in most cases). There are plenty of desperate sufferers online and I believe that the reasons they do not get any help from the medical profession is that GP's do not know how to deal with parasite problems, or do they know who to refer them to. Also from a patient point of view it is so embarrassing that people do not make a fuss or openly discuss the problem. With an infestation the symptoms can spread to the vagina, ears and the nasal passage, however GP's tend not to believe this according to my experience and others online. However a paper written by 3 doctors is available on the patient info site confirming these symptoms. Whilst worms are supposed not to cause any physical issues the symptoms can have a major impact on your life, as this is infections. My 2 daughters and my husband has them. My son does not. The impact on my life is: Cannot work as I do personal treatments and cannot risk infecting others. My mother is 80, has dementia, and is recently widowed, she cannot stay with me as she would not be able to cope if she was infected. My extended family had to be told as I did not want to stay with them (nobody wants it to be common knowlegde, or do they want to pass the issue on), when staying over for a funeral, and a wedding coming up. My niece planned a holiday at our place with her family - cancelled. Stop doing meals on wheels, due to not wanting to prepare food for elderly people. Have stopped having friends round, again food and drink issue. Only get about 2 hours sleep a night when symptoms bad, used this time to do hours research on the net trying to find solutions. Never suffered depression in the past, I do now. Spent at least a fortune (more than £1000) on herbal treatments, vitamins, medication (as GP told me there was nothing they could do), diets, cleaning products etc. I did eventually manage to persuade the doctor to do a referral, this was to a gastrointestinal specialist. However waiting time is over 3 months, this was 5 weeks ago still do not have an appointment. I then found that UCL hospital in London deals with parasites so have got a referral there in 4 weeks. I only got these referrals through my own investigation and insisting on the referral. However now that I have an appointment for the 1st time in 9 months my symptoms have reduced significantly (due to medication that I have taken, not prescribed or managed by my GP). I believe that the problem may get resolved. Had this not happened I do believe that I would have had to been prescribed anti-depressants and sleeping pills just to function on a day to day basis. This is not good as I know what the problem is. Other comments on the net is someone who has had them for 2 years said she eventually found a doctor that helped and she said that he saved her sanity (i can believe that). An person is desperate to find a solution as the outgoing hard working, down to earth mother has totally changed her personality and life due to the problem. She no longer works or goes out and spends much of her time at home depressed. The daughter is now worried for her safe well being. Why is the medical profession not doing more to help, this will never become an open debate due to the embarrassment. So embarrassing bodies are you going to take this on. Many of the symptoms are not listed. A major issue is that they do not show up on tests leading to the medical profession not believing the patients or just ignoring it.

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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Trust me - it doesn't work for every infestion. We are tackling an Ovex resistent strain at present. I've taken it weekly, daily, and even 500mg at one point. Our house is military clean - there are no eggs in our house. The medication is not working. People simply saying "meds work" haven't encountered the issues those of us are facing when they don't. Worms take 2 weeks to mature. If you take the meds weekly. Daily. How can the worms not die? I've got Albendazole on order at Boots after a doc took sympathy on us - stool sample will show up worms despite the amount of Ovex/Mebendazole our whole family has taken. Please don't make people feel they are not working hard enough to clear these infections. There really are Ovex resistant strains out there. It's just noone is talking about it, and doctors don't believe it without proper testing (which takes a LONG time - we are 6 weeks in to this horrific process and just got our tests done).





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