Threadworms, or pinworms, are parasitic worms that hatch inside the large intestine and around the anus. They are the UK’s most common worm infection, and the good news is that threadworms are easy to treat at home.
At Rowlands Pharmacy we have a range of non-prescription threadworm treatments that allow you to treat your whole family quickly.
If you suspect that you or your child may have threadworms, look for very small, thread-like white worms in the stools or around the anus. The most common symptom of threadworms is an itchy bottom, especially at night.
It’s very easy to infect others with threadworms and the eggs can survive for up to three weeks, so when one person in the household is infected, everyone needs to be treated. In addition to this, strict hygiene methods must be followed for up to six weeks to prevent spreading or re-infection - the most crucial being to avoid scratching, as threadworm eggs can become stuck to the fingertips and then spread around the home.
Take a look at our range of cures for worms below, and for more tips on how to handle a threadworm infection visit our Advice Centre. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if a child under two is infected, see your GP as the required treatment may be different.
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