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Orual  ·  05 Apr 2011

Right. I have suffered from ill health for more than a year and a half. I have had numerous blood tests, x-rays and MRI's. They found, Osteo-arthritis and Advanced degenerative disk disease but nothing to explain the full extent of my ill health. I have frequent flu like illnesses, intermittent pain all over and a constant headache. I have had reactions to several painkillers and have become hypersensitive to many other things. I am not pregnant. I have had problems with frequent mouth ulcers and my teeth  and jaw are in constant pain.A week ago I pooped up a tapeworm. The whole household was dosed for worms. (6 adults and 2 children - hit by the recession). Anyway I won't go into the details but many pains in my body were relived by the dose including muscle pain, headache, the restriction in my neck, the pink eye I have been suffering from at night etc... And my two sons have had some unusual improvements too.I am not completely back to normal. I still feel unwell but I don't need the Tylex anymore.Prior to this, I went to numerous healthcare professional about my problems including my dentist and a neurologist.I can trace my symptoms back to a trip abroad.Many Irish people have become significantly poorer in the last two years and many Irish people visit the developing world on holiday. It many be wise for medical professions to assume that large parasitic infestations in individuals many not be as rare as they used to be.

 

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Anonymous  ·  23 Nov 2010

Niether nose picking or certianly not teeth grinding has anything to do with thread worm infestation. In fact the latter should almost certainly be investigated by an appropriately qualified medical professional - which I think someone already poiinted out. If a child is scratching its bottom at night then yes, that can indicate threadworm infestation, which it is no harm at all to treat and will certianlky make the chuld happier in that they will be far more comfortable, which is the main thing, regardless of what granny does or doesn't say or how young or old Mum is.

 

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John Williams  ·  22 Nov 2010

I didn't accuse anybody of lying. A common scenario is: child is scratching its bottom or picking its nose or grinding its teeth at night etc. Granny tells young mum 'that child has worms'. Young mum in panic heads to her pharmacy and asks for worm treatment. Pharmacist or assistant gives what is asked for and hey presto everybody is happy; granny, mum and pharmacist.

 

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Anonymous  ·  19 Nov 2010

Soo - everybody is lying except John??? Yeah - right.

 

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John Williams  ·  18 Nov 2010

Pharmacists are also laughing the whole way to the bank.

 

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Anonymous  ·  02 Nov 2010

Not so John. Maybe rarely spoken about but not rare - as any pharmacist will tell you.  

 

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John Williams  ·  01 Nov 2010

Worms are very rare nowadays (the posts from young teenagers looking at their 'poo' seem remarkably similar!). In fact the manufacturers of worm treatments must be laughing the whole way to the bank at the sales of their products used routinely because of old wives tales.

 

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kkk278  ·  31 Oct 2010

I am 11 and i get really embarresed by worms and i dont what to tell anyone tat i saw some wierd thread like things in my poo yesterday help me pleaseEmbarassed

 

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kitkat101  ·  26 Aug 2010

There is no need to worry about worms. I'm 10 and i have had worms twice in my life. All you need to do is tell one of your parents/guardians (I told my Mum) and they will take you do the pharmacy and you can get some medicine (I got vermox) that you will need to take once or twice. THEN YOU ARE CURED!!!

 

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Anonymous  ·  06 Aug 2010

There is absolutely no need to "dose" children routinely as if they were cattle and nor are threadworms caused by sugar but by parasitic infection - this is proven medical fact. The most important and indeed obvious thing to do is prevent infection in the first place by teaching your children to keep keep their hands away from their face and mouth, WASH their hands regularly and most importantly make absolutely sure their hand are scrupulously washed after touching dogs or cats as this is a primary cause of infection and after playing ouside or with other children. Dogs and cats, of course need to be wormed regularly. And for for heavens sake have the good sense not to attempt to truss your children in tight undercloting at night - for the sake of the genital halth as well as circulation and restful sleep. The clinically proven treatment for threadworms is medically recommended medication - vermox and can be bought over the counter at any pharmacy - no need to attend your GP. It is completeLy effective and threadworms ONLY return if you are re-infected, by hand to mouth transfer, from another person, animal or anally. Teeth grinding is not a sign of worms but is a sign of dental problems which should be attended to promptly as if left untreated can cause dental and maxiofacial problems.Fifi has provided excellent advice in her post. Bryan, that does not sound like worms but do jave your son medically attneded to and tested for celiac disease - a glutne intolerance as the symptoms are very similar to what you describe.

 

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goly  ·  04 Aug 2010

I fail to see what's the big fuss about worms is. When I was a kid I had them plenty of times and if i recall correctly I was dosed every six months by my mother for them along with my siblings who also were visited by them on numerous occasions.There's absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about. My kids have also got them a few times and, only last month my 20 month old had them, I found four small white worms on his anus as I was changing his nappy, I dosed him with vermox and put him off all sweet stuff for about a week. I also dose my youngest two every six months, but I notice they always seem to get them after Christmas and Birthdays after they consume more sugary foods than usual.

 

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Viking  ·  15 Jun 2010

Vermox can be bought over the counter without going to a doctor. I'm not sure what the "dead worms" are meant to look like though.

For those of you who have worms and don't want to tell anyone, it's the most common thing in the world! It's nothing to be emabarrased about and you did nothing wrong to cause you to get them. While you might be embarrassed to speak to your parents and / or doctor - the relief you get when the worms are gone will FAR outweigh the torture you're going through at the moment.

 

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torvi random(tori)  ·  15 Apr 2010

im 12 and down in my undie area im itchi and i looked at my poo that day and there was some worms there and im too imbarressed to tell my mum what should i do its realy annoying i wont to tell her now but what should i say so im not imbarressed ? plz help me pllllllllllllllllllzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

 

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stef2k10  ·  09 Jan 2010

hello please help?!

i am coming up  to 15 this year,and i was worrying when i went to the toilet yesterday, i have just finished my period, i looked in the toilet to see if i have finished because i was slighty itchy, and there was white tiny threads moving in my poo? which i looked on google and it said the symptoms which match mine. i have told my mum, but i got really upset and thought there was something wrong with me, she said dont get worried and we will go to the pharmacy tomorrow... but i still want to know if 'threadworms' is dangerous and could be really serious? it is very embarassing if i do go to the pharamacy and ask.

 

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hambley  ·  02 Jan 2010

this message is to all parents..

If you suspect your child has worms talk to them. let them know you will need to take a look at their bum... doesnt matter how young..

 

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kildaredad  ·  26 Nov 2009

Hi

My young daughters appetite has recently increased markedly, her sleeping has dis-improved and she is restless, her stomach is somewhat swollen, she grinds her teeth alot and is very aggressive/sensitive to us changing her nappy.

We've not yet noticed anything in her faeces and the suggested methods for checking would not be tolerated by her - she wouldn't stay still long enough for us to check her.

So does anyone know if the symptoms listed above are clear indicators of worms?

Thanks 


Thanks

 

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emma1995  ·  23 Oct 2009

Please help me! i'm only 14 years old, and i found a small white worm in my poo today and i haven't told my parents or my gp and i don't know what to do. please help me.

what could i do to get rid of them??

what would happen if i didn't do any thing??

please replay ASAP i'm really really worried !!

please help me !!

 

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Livvy  ·  09 Nov 2008
I have found out last night i have the worms. I am not sure if I ever got rid of them. I keep seeing them but I think they are dead. I picked up 1 last night and it began to move. Should I talk to my doctor about it? I am only 9 and it is really scary. While i wrote this I was crying. Please help. Also I took two spoon fulls of Vermox last night. I would also like to inform you that my aunt had these when she was small. And my cousin she gets them under neath her arm when she is hot.
 

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Bev  ·  06 Oct 2008
Please help me!
i'm only 14 and i think i have had worms for a few years now. I get a very itchy bottom at night. When i go to the toilet, there are little white things and i'm pretty sure it's them.
I haven't talked to my parents about this.
Is there any way i can cure it without going to the doctor?!
please reply ASAP!!!!!!!
 

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Anonymous  ·  29 Sep 2007
I have small still white seeds (like seasame seeds) in my stools. I know I have worms of some kind as I have a very itchy behind and I have seen one of my children itching a lot. I bought ovex over the counter, but nothing I read anywhere mentions white seeds in the stools. I have read about moving white thread like worms, but that is not what I have. My vagina is also very itchy and I have read this can be an added sign of worms in the female. The only similar thing is tapeworm, where segments can be found in the bowel. The segments I have are tear shaped. I want to know I am taking the correct medication, and also giving my children the correct treatment. Can anyone give me any clearer picture what type of worm would produce tear shaped white seeds?
 

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hannah22333  ·  27 Jul 2007
You can buy ovex over the counter to treat pin worms or thread worms. You should be able to buy it from any pharmacy or chemist, but i'm not sure if there's an age limit, does anyone know if there is one?
 

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Ann  ·  11 Jun 2007
Worms are very common in children so they will need treating for them every so often.
Adults are a different thing. An adult who is being regularly infected with worms would need to look at the bigger picture ie. why is this happening?

Worms in children will cause itching and eating voraciously without putting on weight.
As John says in an earlier post, don't just ask on line about treating. Go to your G.P. or pharmacy, get the medication and give it.
 

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John (johnwilliams)  ·  10 Jun 2007
Anon of 10/06/07. If you have worms for 2 years you should see your doctor about it. Thread worm are white. You took vermox 2 days ago. Vermox should be taken twice daily for 3 days. See your doctor.
 

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Anonymous  ·  10 Jun 2007
I am 14 and i have had worms for 2 years. I have tried a few different treatments, but i don't think they have worked. I took a liquid Vermox 2 days ago, and i don't know how long it will take to work, because i still have them. Also, after i took it, i went to the toilet and my stool have black things in it that looked like dead black threadworms. Is it that?
 

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Anonymous  ·  26 Mar 2007
Are there de-worming drugs that one can purchase across the counter, without necessarily seeing a G.P.?
 

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Anonymous  ·  09 Mar 2007
can you buy over counter medicine for worms
 

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Anonymous  ·  18 Sep 2006
i know for a fact that i have thread worms, are there de-worming drugs that i can purchase over the counter.
 

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fifi  ·  29 Jun 2006
Hi folks.. heres some information which might help you all.

Threadworms are small, white, thread-like worms between 2 and 13 mm long. They infect human guts (intestines). They are common in children, but anyone of any age can be affected.

Threadworms live about 5-6 weeks in the gut, and then die. However, before they die the female worms lay tiny eggs around the anus (back passage). This tends to occur at night when you are warm and still in bed. The eggs are too small to see without a microscope, but cause itch around the anus. You then scratch around the anus to relieve the itch. You often do this without realising when you are asleep. When you scratch, eggs get onto fingers and under nails. You may then swallow some eggs if you put a finger into your mouth.

Also, threadworm eggs can survive for up to two weeks outside the body. They fall off the skin around the anus and can fall onto bedding, clothes, etc. They can then get 'wafted' in the air as you change clothes, bedding etc, and become part of the dust in a home. Some eggs may settle on food or toothbrushes. So, children may swallow some eggs at first by playing with other children who have eggs on their fingers, or from food, drink, toothbrushes, or dust that has been contaminated with threadworm eggs.

Any eggs that you swallow then hatch and grow into adult worms in the gut. So a 'cycle' of threadworm infection can go on and on.

Are threadworms harmful?

Not usually. Often, the worst thing about them is the itch and discomfort around the anus. This sometimes wakes children from sleep. Scratching may make the anus sore. Large numbers of threadworms may possibly cause mild abdominal (tummy) pains and make a child irritable. In girls, threadworms can wander forwards and lay their eggs in the vagina or urethra (the tube that passes urine). A doctor may check for threadworms in young girls with a vaginal discharge, bedwetting, or problems with passing urine. Rarely, threadworms can cause other problems.

Threadworms look like thin, white, cotton threads. Sometimes you can see them in faeces (stools or motions) in the toilet. If you cannot see threadworms in the faeces, but suspect your child has threadworms (if they have an itchy bottom), try looking at the child's anus. You can do this with a torch in the late evening after the child has gone to sleep. Part the child's buttocks and look at the opening of the anus. If the child has threadworms you can often see one or two coming out of the anus. Do not be alarmed! Ask a pharmacist for advice on treatment in the next day or so.

Your children may come into contact with eggs in schools or nurseries, particularly in the toilets if they are not cleaned properly. If your child has recurring threadworms, it may be worth checking that toilet facilities at schools, nurseries, etc, are regularly cleaned in a way that will remove any threadworm eggs which may be present.
 

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bryan (TGO48717)  ·  29 Jun 2006
My son is 18 months old, and his stomach is very enlarged. He is constantly hungry, and always cried for food. he eats anytimes, but does not gain weight much. He eats 3 times more than his sister who is 5 years old; and when he eats, his stomach becomes very big. Also, he complains about stomachache. Could he have worms? What should I do? Is there anything I can do for him? He's only 18 moths. Please help. Thanks alot
 

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Madda (YPE46640)  ·  12 May 2006
My son keeps getting worms, I dont know why
 

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Anonymous  ·  02 Mar 2006
I have suffered from a worm infection and have tried everything, embarrasingly, confronted everyone in my family to try to find the source of the infection. In our case poor hygiene is not the cause but too much sugar in the diet and the only thing that seems to be effective for any length of time is papaya enzyme (5euros for a 100 chewable tablets, holland and barrett). Worm infections are dangerous as they travel especially in women and leave one exhausted and run down. Vermox, etc., are effective only for a short while and are too harsh on the intestines for consistent use. I would strongly recommend the papaya enzyme which actually feeds off the protein in the worm therby destroying it.
 

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Anonymous  ·  25 Jan 2006
To Concerned Parent. Have you had your little boy checked for Coeliac Disease - an intolerance to gluten (found in wheat)? The enlarged stomach after eating is a symptom as the gluten affects the villii in the intestine. However Coeliac Disease would have no connection to psychological problems.
 

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Anonymous  ·  24 Jan 2006
Are worms different than parasites?
 

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kris (RFH40852)  ·  24 Jan 2006
Where is it possible to do test for child has he worm or not?
 

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fifi  ·  22 Dec 2005
Adults are bad enough but children are worse when it comes to washing their hands. Its a vicious circle. Worm treatments work. The child goes back into school. Goes through his/her day touching objects other infected children have touched. Eats lunch without washing hands. Infection back. Simple as that. Vermox is excellent as a treatment. If treating one member of the family though, remember the rest of the family must also be treated even if they are not infected at the time.
 

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Anonymous  ·  22 Dec 2005
To dragon wizard, worms can usually be sorted out quickly, but you should go to your doctor or pharmacist. Don't be embarrassed - they deal with this kind of problem all the time.
 

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Anonymous  ·  21 Dec 2005
I am 17 years old, i have had a very itchy anus for the past 2 weeks, i could not stand the itch no more so i looked using a mirror at my anus, what i found out was abit horryfying, i saw at least 5 worms swarming in the anus hole, they were about 5mm in length and thin, i washed my bum out properly, until i could not see none no more, (every time i washed my bum and thought they were gone, new ones came back , i kept washing and washing until none came), I find this very hard to talk about, it is rather shameful, can you tell waht kind of worms they are, and is it serious, i tried to go to my pharmacy but they do not have the medicine you said would work, what can i do? I am worried cos i must have had them for at least to weeks now. Than ks
 

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Anonymous  ·  12 Dec 2005
I have suffered from thread worms since i was nine. Im now 24 and still suffer. The treatment works at the time but then thet just come back a few months later. i have just got used to it now but what else can i do?
 

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John (johnwilliams)  ·  27 Nov 2005
I am amazed that people who claim they or theirs have worms,waste time going on line asking for advice. The advice you will get online is often of little value. Why not go to your own pharmacist and ask him or her for treatment. Bt the way, worms are not very common. A lot of people equate, teeth grinding, itchy anus and old wives tales with an infection of worms. It more than likely is not.
 

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Anonymous  ·  24 Nov 2005
I definetly have worms. Small little white treads about 1/2 cm long. What should I use to cure them and should I treat the whole family
 
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