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Intestinal Worms

Threadworm

It sounds like something from a sci-fi movie, but worms really can enter kids’ digestive systems and live there like parasites, feeding off the body. There are many different types of intestinal worms and because children’s immune systems aren’t fully developed, they are at a greater risk of contracting them than adults. So what are the symptoms, where do the worms come from, and what can you do about them?

Intestinal worms, round worms, tapeworms and toxacara worms can all cause a loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, a painful or even distended tummy, fever, coughing, and in the case of the most common UK worm, the threadworm, an uncomfortable itch at night around the anus and/or the vulva. Girls may also experience a vaginal discharge. Though very rare in the UK, toxacara infection also affects the sight. For some kids however, if they have a low number of worms wriggling around their digestive system, there are no specific symptoms.

Kids can catch worms from coming into contact with anything contaminated with worms’ eggs. That can mean the vomit or poo of an infected dog or cat from a litter tray or soil in the garden. The commonest way of ingesting the threadworm is when kids scratch the itchy worm eggs that have been laid round their bottoms at night, and then put their fingers in their mouths.

Once the worms have entered the body they start to lay eggs. The eggs hatch and the worms themselves work their way into the intestine, where more eggs are laid. Threadworms live for about six weeks. In rare cases, the worms can then move round the body and enter other organs such as the lungs or even the brain, in which case the condition is much more serious.

Worms can be passed out when kids go to the toilet, and one way of checking for an infection is to examine the stool, where the long, thin, thread-like worms may be visible.

It sounds unpleasant, but worms are easily treated with anti-parasitic drugs which your doctor can prescribe. Hygiene here is vital. Worm infection is much more prevalent in places where there’s poor sanitation. Teach kids never to handle animal faeces, don’t keep your pet’s litter tray in the kitchen or bathroom, and if you think a pet is the source, make sure it is treated too.

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I have the same thing and I'm sure of it. I am 13 and I am too scared and embarrassed to tell my parents or any doctors or pharmacists or anything. I do not know if anyone will read this but pease help me. I have big self confidence issues and this is just making it worse. Even writing this is hard for me to do. Please someone help me. Thank you x





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Hiya sweetie! Im 13 and I have worms also:( but what I usually do is lay off the sugary foods! This causes more worms to form and you certainly dont want tha t! Also every night and morning wash your genitals and anus area as that is where they are usually found! It is super easy to tell your parents! Just say 'mum is it normal to have white worms in my poo?' HOPE THIS HELPED HUNNY;) X

I'm only 13 and I have seen parasites but I'm not sure if they are actually them, sometimes I feel a tickle and I find a cm long translucent wormy thing in there, It wriggles and I panic, I have Emetophobia so I'm scared of a virus or a poisoning, What can I do?





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I am 14 - female - found some worms ages ago then they just went away - now I have them again and I'm scared- my mum has thread worm treatment in the cupboard buying don't know what order to take them in and the whole family need to be treated and I don't want my mums boyfriend an my sister to find out coz they will call me dirty and make me feel uncomfortable :( I have school on Tuesday and I don't wanna go in if I have worms :( help me!!





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I'm scared to go to the toilet and am hoping to go to the docter soon. I don't like having them and hate the idea of them laying thousands of eggs in and around my body. How long will it take to get rid of them and do they harm you?? Do they bite or eat the inside of your body?





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Hi. My 3 year old grand-daughter has been treated with Ovex for threadworms. This was about a week ago. I suspect she had them for quite a while before her mother noticed them. I am still concerned as she complains of a sore tummy and is constantly hungry. Her behaviour has changed over the last couple of months (which is how long I think she must have had them for), she is attacking other children at school and having temper tantrums over everything and anything. She is a changed child. She also has a cough, so I am wondering if there is another kind of worm involved? If you have any suggestions as to what may be going on, your help would be greatly appreciated.





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Hi im 14,i have worms i know this as i went to the toilet and visibly saw many of them in my stools.I've had Ovex to try and get rid of them ,I shower everyday and when i wipe my front i occasionaly get some there.I've told my mum and i dont know what to do now i feel absolutely disgusting and i dont even want to go to school as im scared it will make me feel uncomfortable.The thought of these worms inside of me makes me feel sick,is there any other ways to completely get rid of them and relieve the itchiness at night?





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Hello my name is Melvin I am 13 I used the bathroom I think I saw parasites or worms I read etched ever since do am geeting paranoid and anxiety I don't want to go to sleep because eventually I will have to go to the bathroom I had rectal bleeding twice because of cobra patio no don't know if bacteria can build up around the blood I would apricots it if someone would reply thx.





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I feel so sad that kids have to put up with the discomfort of what is most likely intestinal worms. I am a mom and in my country it is very easy to go buy a special chocolate called "Combantrin" which stops your itchy bottom and kills all the worms (usually pinworms or threadworms) in two treatments. it is just like eating nice chocolate. American pharmacies need to supply this easy over the counter medication! The american alternative is called "Pin-X". ps. Having worms sounds yuk but it isn't your fault and doesn't mean you are dirty. Keep up the soap and hand washing, trim your nails and wash all your bedding and clothing in hot water as part of the treatment.





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I think I have the most common one small and white but I have no side effects that I have noticed just itching around the anus unfortinally I have to itch but to wash after but how can I tell if I have a low number I don't want to go to the doctors because I don't want to tell my parents after all I am a teen and don't socialise with them so what can I do





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Exactly the same and really want to get rid of them

Go to your chemist and ask to speak to him/her in private, tell them you have worms and need treatments...good luck

mine is weird, i had more than 3 days fever, headaches, and the worm dint come out thru my anus but thru my mouth while i was vomiting! gross right. it was about 3 inches long, i wasn't sure what kind of parasite that was. im really scared. i might puke it out again.





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