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Worms in humans

Some worm infections can be caught in the UK and others are only caught abroad. Most worm infections are not serious and can be treated with medicine.

Worm infections are treated with medicine that you take for 1 to 3 days. The people you live with may also need to be treated.

You can get a worm infection by touching objects or surfaces with worm eggs on them, or swallowing water or food containing worm eggs.

To prevent worm infections, wash your hands before preparing food or eating, and after going to toilet. Drink bottled water in high-risk areas.

Read more on the NHS website.

Worm infections are treated with medicine that you take for 1 to 3 days. The people you live with may also need to be treated.

Medical treatments

It does not matter which type of worm you have – all worm infections are treated in a similar way.

You might be asked to provide a sample of poo so it can be tested for worm eggs.

If you have worms, a GP will prescribe medicine to kill them. You take this for 1 to 3 days. The people you live with may also need to be treated.

Any worms in your gut will eventually pass out in your poo. You may not notice this.

To avoid becoming infected again or infecting others, it's very important during the weeks after starting treatment to wash your hands:

  • after going to the toilet
  • before eating or preparing food
  • regularly during the day

Important

Go back to the GP if your symptoms do not get better in 2 weeks or you keep passing live worms in your poo.

Read more on the NHS website.

To prevent worm infections, wash your hands before preparing food or eating, and after going to toilet. Drink bottled water in high-risk areas.

Read more on the NHS website.

You can get a worm infection by touching objects or surfaces with worm eggs on them, or swallowing water or food containing worm eggs.

Read more on the NHS website.