Threadworms are a very common problem in households and in children’s homes. While these worms aren’t fatal in themselves, they can be quite painful especially if they spread into the areas where they tend to occur such as the fingers or feet. When you are suffering from this condition, you are probably wondering how to get rid of it.
This can be quite tricky because these worms can become quite difficult to get rid of for different people. When you do find the right medication for you and your child, you may notice that it will go away on its own, but if it doesn’t and you then treat it with over-the-counter medicine or surgery, then the worms can be extremely resistant.
Threadworms Signs and Symptoms
According to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, threadworms are the most common types of intestinal worms commonly found in preschool and school-aged children, however, the whole family can become infected too.
Threadworms do cause a very itchy bottom, which is usually worse at night. If your child is infected with threadworm, it is not usually serious and can be treated easily with medication. The infected child may
- Have an itchy bottom, which may become red and inflamed from scratching
- Be irritable and generally ‘out of sorts’
- Not sleep very well
- Have a reduced appetite
- There may also be redness and itching around the vaginal area in case of a girl child.
Threadworms live in the lower intestine, but they come out of the anus overnight to lay their eggs in the area between the buttocks, which causes the children’s bottom to feel very itchy. It is estimated that one female threadworm can lay up to 16,000 eggs.
Threadworms are spread when children scratch their bottom, causing the eggs to collect under the fingernails. The child then carries the worm eggs back to their mouth with their hands. The eggs can also be spread indirectly, in food, dust, or other items.
The eggs can survive up to two weeks outside the body. Once your child swallows threadworm eggs, the eggs hatch in your child’s small intestine and the worms travel down to their anus. You cannot catch threadworm from animals.
Here are some ways to treat threadworms
One of the easiest ways is to use natural remedies to cure the infection. Most people can get rid of the worms naturally by using products like aloe vera gel. If you suspect that you or your child might have threadworms, then you can generally treat the infection by yourself with the medicine available at your local pharmacies without the prescription of a doctor.
If you are breastfeeding your baby and suspect that you are having threadworms infection, then you should see a general practitioner or you are expecting a child, or you are already pregnant or nursing and you are not sure whether you have threadworm, you should seek medical advice. The good news is that most cases of threadworms will clear up on their own within a week or so.
In cases where there is little improvement after a week of treatment, then you should see your doctor for further treatment. However, it is important that you keep your doctor informed of any treatment that you are using so that they can make sure it is appropriate and not a side effect of another treatment you are currently taking.
Another good way to get rid of the worms is by using anti-parasitic medications
These can also work but you should check with your doctor before you start using them as these can interact with other medications that you are taking for instance antibiotics. Some people will try to get rid of the worms by changing their diet to one that is richer in foods that are rich in nutrients.
However, this is not recommended for everyone. If you find that these methods don’t work, then you can try using creams that contain oatmeal which will be great for treating the infections. There are some things you should avoid as well such as:
- Foods high in starch and sugars and dairy products as these have been known to aggravate the symptoms and cause the worms to grow
- You should try to avoid any of the foods mentioned above if they are causing problems for you or your baby.
If the worms do not disappear on their own then you should contact your doctor for advice as they can be extremely difficult to get rid of. If they don’t disappear with these steps, then it’s best to take treatment by a doctor as you could have a more serious problem.
If you’re worried about the effects of medication and the possible side effects, you should see your doctor first before taking any medication to get rid of threadworms. Many people have reported allergic reactions to the anti-parasitic drugs and over the counter medicines, so it is always best to ask for a prescription from your doctor.
The most effective form of treatment is the topical medication, which is usually an ointment that is applied to the affected area twice a day until the worm is completely gone. This method is quite effective and can give relief to many people, however it does take time as it can take around six weeks for the symptoms to clear up.
Threadworms are usually caused by parasites living inside the skin of your body and you can cure this by simply getting rid of the root cause of the problem. There are different ways to do this and there are different types of medication for different types of threadworms, but your doctor will advise you on the best way to go about it.
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