Pinworm & Threadworm Treatment
Have you heard of threadworms before? They're also known as Enterobius vermicularis and are small white parasitic worms that live in the intestinal tract. They look a bit like white cotton threads, which is where they get their name. They are around 0.5 inches in length.
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How common are threadworms?
Threadworms are actually quite common, especially among children. It's estimated that up to 40% of children under the age of 10 in the UK may be affected at any given time. And it's easy for the rest of the family to contract them once a child has them.
How do threadworms spread?
Threadworms spread by producing a lot of tiny eggs that can't be seen with the naked eye. When these eggs are swallowed, they hatch into worms in the gut. The female threadworms lay their eggs around the anus at night, which can cause an itchy bottom. Scratching the itch can lead to further infections if the skin is broken and can also spread the eggs through finger-and-nail contact. They can also be spread through direct contact, food, towels and bed linen. Threadworm eggs can also stick to clothing, carpets and vegetables. They are easily swallowed because of their small size and widespread presence.
Are threadworms dangerous?
Even though threadworms aren't dangerous, they can be a bit of a nuisance. They can cause intense itching, which can be distressing and embarrassing for the sufferer. They can also cause sleep disturbance, stomach aches, irritable crying, loss of appetite or an excessive appetite. In rare cases, threadworms can also be transferred to the vagina and urinary tract resulting in vaginal irritation, discharge, cystitis symptoms or bedwetting. But don't worry, there are treatment options available.