Threadworms are parasites which measure up to 1/2 inch in length and look like threads of cotton. The worms are white, with a blunt head and a pointed tail. They can live for up to six weeks and are easily passed on and very common in children.

child itching bottom area

What are the symptoms of threadworm?

There are not many symptoms to alert you to a threadworm infection. The most common is extreme itching around the anus, which can be worse at night, and disturbed sleep. 

How long do threadworms live for?

Threadworms can live in your gut for up to 5-6 weeks before dying off. But these pesky parasites lay tiny eggs around your back passage, which hatch and grow into adult worms, continuing the cycle of infection. Threadworm eggs can survive for up to two weeks outside the body which is why it’s so important to treat the whole household when an infestation happens including all bedding and clothing.

How to treat threadworms?

Our pharmacist can recommend treatment to kill the threadworms, but the medicine does not kill the eggs. Protect yourself and your loved ones from becoming infected again by following these simple steps for 2 weeks. Wash hands regularly (especially before eating and after using the toilet), shower daily, keep nails short, disinfect surfaces, and wash bedding, soft toys, and clothes in a hot temperature frequently.

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