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Threadworms

Threadworms are tiny worms that can infect your gut.

Symptoms of threadworms include tiny worms in your poo and intense itching around your bottom (anus).

You can get medicines to treat threadworms from a pharmacy. You should also wash things like bedding, towels and sleepwear to kill the eggs.

You can catch threadworms if you touch something that someone with threadworms has touched and the tiny threadworm eggs get in your mouth.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of threadworms include tiny worms in your poo and intense itching around your bottom (anus).

Check if it's threadworms

You can spot worms in your poo. They look like pieces of white thread.

You might also see them around your child's bottom (anus). The worms usually come out at night while your child is sleeping.

Read more on the NHS website.

You can get medicines to treat threadworms from a pharmacy. You should also wash things like bedding, towels and sleepwear to kill the eggs.

Medical treatments

You can buy medicine for threadworms from pharmacies. This is usually a chewable tablet or liquid you swallow.

Treat everyone in your household, even if they do not have symptoms.

Tell the pharmacist if you need to treat a child under 2, or if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. Treatment might not be suitable and you may need to speak to a GP.

Self-care

Medicine kills the threadworms, but it does not kill the eggs. Eggs can live for up to 2 weeks outside the body.

There are things you can do to stop becoming infected again.


Do

  • wash hands and scrub under fingernails – particularly before eating, after using the toilet or changing nappies
  • encourage children to wash hands regularly
  • bathe or shower every morning
  • rinse toothbrushes before using them
  • keep fingernails short
  • wash sleepwear, sheets, towels and soft toys (at normal temperature)
  • disinfect kitchen and bathroom surfaces
  • vacuum and dust with a damp cloth
  • make sure children wear underwear at night – change it in the morning

Don't

  • do not shake clothing or bedding, to prevent eggs landing on other surfaces
  • do not share towels or flannels
  • do not bite nails or suck thumbs and fingers

Important

You do not need to stay off school, nursery or work with threadworms.

Read more on the NHS website.

You can catch threadworms if you touch something that someone with threadworms has touched and the tiny threadworm eggs get in your mouth.

Read more on the NHS website.