Pinworms or Threadworms both are the same thing just have two names. So in the UK, they call them threadworms and in the US they call them pinworms. But they’re the same thing let’s learn more about them and how to treat them.
How to Identify Pinworms or Threadworms?
Now threadworms or pinworms are tiny worms that are in your poo and they’re quite easy to spot because they look like tiny little white threads. What I’ll do as well is I’ll leave a link in the description below for you in case you’re unsure on how to spot them. Now you may also see them around your child’s bottom area.
Threadworms or Pinworms are common but are not usually serious. Threadworms infect the gut and lay eggs around your anus which causes itch. Treatment usually includes medication plus hygiene measures. Medication kills the worms but not their eggs, which can survive for two weeks. Therefore, you also need strict hygiene measures for two weeks after taking medication to prevent you from swallowing eggs which may cause a new infection. All household members should be treated at the same time, including those without symptoms.
Symptoms of Pinworms or Threadworms
The other symptoms include extreme itching especially around the anogenital region, irritability and waking up during the night. so that’s a little background about these pesky worms. Now let’s move on to treatment and hygiene measures.
How to Treat Threadworms or Pinworms
Now treating threadworms is very simple but remember every household member must be treated even if they have no symptoms. I know I know it’s more difficult but remember threadworms are very contagious and easily spreads, so it has to be done. The main medication used to treat threadworms is called Mebendazole. now you don’t need a prescription for it and it’s available from any pharmacy but I would recommend that you have a short consultation with the pharmacist so they can make sure that you’re suitable to take it and to also give you some useful tips.
Now there are some situations where you should see a doctor so for instance if you get frequent recurrences, if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or if it’s for a child under the age of two. So, Mebendazole works by stopping the threadworms from absorbing sugar. Now the medication is 90 to 100 percent effective but it doesn’t kill the eggs. Which is why strict hygiene measures are required afterward and we’re going to discuss this a bit further.
Now there is some debate in the medical literature if a second dose of mebendazole should be routinely taken 14 days after the initial dose. however, CKS recommends that a second dose should only be repeated if the infection persists. So that’s the end of treatments but please remember that strict hygiene measures should be followed for at least two weeks after being treated with Mebendazole or at least six weeks if you’re doing hygiene measures alone.
Tips in order to completely get rid of them
Now let’s run through the tip number 1, wash your hands thoroughly with warm soapy water after using the toilet or changing nappies and also before you make any food.
Tip number 2, cut your fingernails regularly, avoid biting them and also avoid scratching around the anus.
Tip 3 shower every morning and make sure you pay particular attention around the bottom and the anus area, this is to help remove the eggs from the skin.
Tip 4 Change bedding and nightwear daily and also make sure you wash them, your clothes, your towels in a hot cycle. it’s also important not to shake everything around the room as it can distribute the eggs everywhere else.
Tip 5 dust and vacuum your rooms frequently and even vacuum your mattresses to clean your bathroom and kitchen it’s all about damp dusting the surfaces but make sure you wash the cloth frequently in hot water.
Tip 6 make sure that everyone in the house has their own towel and also with toothbrushes keep them in a closed cupboard and rinse thoroughly before you use.
And that’s the end of the Blog I hope my tips help you and I’ve also left more information below which I’d strongly advise everyone to read see you with more information.