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meladeso Sat 28-Oct-17 20:30:49

Two weeks ago DC1 woke screaming and eventually we clocked he had threadworm sad I will never unsee it .

Cue a trip for DH to late night pharmacy, a lot of distraction and we survived the rest of the night.

I later thought about it and realised (yes I know I’m an idiot) that he’s had it weeks, and that I think I have it too. I thought I just had a thrush-like irritation going on around my bottom (sorry about this).

So we dosed him up, we all took the pills too as directed, and kept an eye on little DC2, who was showing no signs.

Seemed all fine.

A week later she starts up with it. So we all take another dose. And as per instructions, wash and launder every bloody thing again.

Here’s the thing - I’m certain I still have it. I have a frequent, if not constant crawling sensation. It’s driving me insane.

I took another dose today which is not the guidance but I’m honestly starting to freak out.

I feel queasy at the thought of it, it’s putting me off food, I am repulsed, I can’t sleep for feeling it and thinking about it, and it’s not exactly conducive to a love life.

I googled today and got the horror stories of people saying they can’t get rid of it and that you should be taking meds every day, and all sorts of things.

It’s making me feel ill and I don’t feel comfortable talking much about it with DH as I hate the thought of him thinking too much about me having it.

I know we’re all grown ups and it’s fairly common, but come on, it’s not very appealing is it!

It’s getting me down so much.

Aibu to ask you lot to talk to me about it please? Any experience with it? Words of reassurance?


Caulk Sat 28-Oct-17 20:33:10

If I was you, I’d go to the doctor.

Ploppie4 Sat 28-Oct-17 20:33:43

Raw garlic is your friend. Not up your foof but eaten raw daily. A couple of cloves per day

AnneOfCleavage Sat 28-Oct-17 20:35:52

My remembrance of it (DD had it once years ago) was you took one dose then a second exactly one week later so it's like a course. It's not just a one off treatment. Is that what the instructions say? It should get rid of them too.

Sorry you're having a horrid time of it as it is a bit creepy but it's fairly normal for small children and us parents to get it too.

Good luck 😉

shushpenfold Sat 28-Oct-17 20:36:59

I was told that approx 30% of children have them at any one time. You need to try and chill about it; they don’t do any harm and they are relatively easy to deal with.

Some people seem to be more prone to them then others; I was as a child and still am as an adult if my dd2 has them. Dh, DS and dd1 however never get them.

Ploppie4 Sat 28-Oct-17 20:38:41

Google the garlic thing. It works every time for me.

BamburyFuriou3 Sat 28-Oct-17 20:43:37

I think you're over thinking it. Like when someone mentions nuts and everyone starts scratching
.isn't there a way to tell if you do have them involving sellotape on the bum or something?

Fruitcorner123 Sat 28-Oct-17 20:43:54

I read that you need to launder bedding and towels daily for six weeks at 60. Also agree with pp there should be two doses sonhave you read th instructions. I would soeak to a pharmacist and retake the meds until it goes. I read those horror stories when my kids had threadworm but it did go and i never got it so ignore them and dont panic.

BamburyFuriou3 Sat 28-Oct-17 20:43:57

Nits. Not nuts. Obvs

Eyebooyanbooyaboo Sat 28-Oct-17 20:45:36


AstridWhite Sat 28-Oct-17 20:45:37

Every time Ploppie?

How many times have you had worms? shock

BamburyFuriou3 Sat 28-Oct-17 20:46:58

Why not chew raw garlic? Not that I would but I'm curious

Taylor22 Sat 28-Oct-17 20:49:06

@BamburyFuriou3 Why mention
Nits?! Now I'm itching grin

Eyebooyanbooyaboo Sat 28-Oct-17 20:49:46

It burns. It is very strong. Just cut it up small and swallow like a tablet.

<<voice of experience>>

shushpenfold Sat 28-Oct-17 20:50:09

Fruit I’ve never laundered past the next morning after, but do wash at 60 degrees. We retreat after 2 weeks (which is as per instructions I think) and apart from wiping door handles and loo seats (and trying to stop Dd biting her nails) that’s it. There is at least 6 months until next occasion and mostly we’ll over a year. They reduce as the get older.

terrifyingtoes Sat 28-Oct-17 20:53:15

I felt very much like you describe when I was first aware of my dd having them.
I turned into an absolute nutter. So repulsed by the whole idea of them.
Terrified of the eggs that could be just about anywhere, on every surface , floating in the air!!
Then I realised that I just needed to chill out big time.
It’s so very common.
I work with young children as well as having 2 of primary age so it’s hardly surprising to have a case now & again.
Just be sensible with hygiene. Pills if need be & keep nails short!!
I’ve heard a few families who all take the medication every 6 months even if they don’t have symptoms.

I know it’s such a horrible thing but really not worth so much stress.

DJBaggySmalls Sat 28-Oct-17 20:54:49

Treat the whole family at the same time, twice, as per the instructions.
Get everyone to wear underwear in bed til you are all clear.
Wash all the underwear and bedding at 60 degrees with biological powder.
Teach everyone to handwash regularly, especially before eating, have short fingernails and clean them underneath.

If you are repeatedly getting infected, its more likely that you haven't cleared the original infection. You are killing the adult worms but not the eggs, so they hatch out and the cycle starts over again.

meladeso Sat 28-Oct-17 20:55:46

Thanks for the replies and the words of comfort!!!

Instructions on pack and from
GP by phone and pharmacist twice in person is to take one dose then if it’s not gone in two weeks take another.

BowlingShoes Sat 28-Oct-17 20:58:53

You must take another in two weeks anyway, whether you think its gone or not. The second dose kills any hatchlings. You must all take a second dose.

reallyorange Sat 28-Oct-17 21:00:59

I was fine reading this thread until the word 'hatchlings' (retch)

SheilaHammond Sat 28-Oct-17 21:01:03

Vaseline ‘plug’ on your bum hole at night. Stops the adults coming out and laying their eggs, and hence the itching. This with the treatment from the pharmacy will break the cycle.

Advice from the practice nurse when my children were s,all and it seemed never ending.

Sarahjconnor Sat 28-Oct-17 21:02:38

I grew up in a developing country and find the UK attitude to all parasites very sweet and naive. I was constantly wormed and deloused and tank god! the good news is that you and your son will both be less likely to develop a lot of allergies smile the other good news is that if you take the medication and follow the advice you will be cleared of worms. It's ok. Honestly, it's find. At any one time we have 10x as many bacteria as our own cells, we are infested with lice - even eyelash mites that feed on the secretions of your eyelash follicles smile

Chill, you are host to many many parasites and always will be. Treat the grim worms and forget it. And be glad you don't live in Western or Central Africa where Loa Loa are a horrific and every present threat.

ohamIreally Sat 28-Oct-17 21:05:35

What are Loa Loa?

Lethaldrizzle Sat 28-Oct-17 21:05:57

It's fine to chew raw garlic. I do it when I feel run down

Eyebooyanbooyaboo Sat 28-Oct-17 21:07:34

I find it overpowering to chew.

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