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Think we've got thread worms

(11 Posts)
bacon Wed 06-Jul-11 08:20:43

Over the last couple of weeks both me and hubby have experienced night time itching (bottom) which is very intense. I thought nothing of it. The children seem fine. I have also noticed I'm boated and feel a bit yuk.

Hubby joked about worms and honestly I didnt think they existed anymore but last night I couldnt sleep again. I fished about (gross but I felt mad) and def pick up two threads things, I freaked nearly threw up and had a poo checked the toilet and defo seen a couple more stands. Check the interent and it looks like it. I feel so freaked out its shocked me.

Off to chemist later, does anyone know whether the treatment works immediately and I need to do the children - the children are showing no effects but I understand that the eggs can take 14 days to hatch (gross). My home is normal hygine but understand they can be picked up from anywhere. Defo going to bush my nails every day now.

WorzselMummage Wed 06-Jul-11 08:24:45

Ovex is the stuff you need, it works in a day or so I think. you will need to treat the whole family.

Grim eh envy

bacon Wed 06-Jul-11 08:32:40

What about cleaning - say door handles, taps etc is warm water and soap ok or do I have to use a disinfectant?

Just brushed childrens nails.

Stomach either bloated or stressed. Does anyone know if this is a side effect. Also concerned with the vigina area, have noticed a discharge I assume that this treatment will kill all the parasites where ever lodged. I would of assumed the the vigina is too acid anyway?

OwlMother Wed 06-Jul-11 08:32:59

Dd has had these before, hideous. Make sure you re-treat after two weeks as well, I think that ovex makes it sound like an option, definitely do it just to make sure.

Pripsen comes in a handy dual sachet packet so both doses are included but is not as easy to take as it's a powder. Wash all bed linen and hoover, to make sure you catch all stray eggs.

Good luck - it's been a recurrent problem for dd, think someone at school hasn't been treated. angry

WorzselMummage Wed 06-Jul-11 08:36:17

Well you are supposed to clean frantically but I just had a quick bleach of bathrooms and toilet handles...Tbh, I think if you've got children at primary school all the cleaning in the world is pretty futile/ Just keep their nails short and clean.

Yes you can get worms laying their eggs around your vulva but I decided not to think about that to much.

bacon Wed 06-Jul-11 08:49:12

This is a bad conversation but nothing phases me anymore!

sprinkles77 Wed 06-Jul-11 09:20:08

the eggs hatch after 14 days, so you need 2 treatments 2 weeks apart. the pharmacist will advise you. Treat the whole family. Cut everyones' nails very very short and hot wash your towels daily, or as often as you can manage till the problem has gone. Everyone should wear pants to bed until problem solved unless you want to do the bed linen too! The eggs are sticky, so a bit of a wipe round door handles and the flush handle on the toilet, and the taps. After washing hands let hands air dry or use kitchen towel rather than a hand towel until worms all gone. In public loos, use the air dryer or paper towel, not those minging roller towels (if they still have them anywhere).

bacon Wed 06-Jul-11 09:33:15

Yes, pants a must as both of us sleep in the buff. What a horrible thing how come its never talked about in schools. I'm going to contact the school and ask them to put a policy in place and the odd poster perhaps. Surely getting the children to realise that proper handwashing and nail bushing helps with all infections. Mind you prob my husband who picked it up and gave it to me, I was laughing last week about his arse itching I thought it was just from the area being dry, we were applying tons of mosituriser. And sex makes me think about hygene even more. Off now to wash bedding. However question can the eggs get through to the mattress? I havent a waterproof cover at moment.

Going to start carrying alcohol wipes in my handbag too.

Elibean Wed 06-Jul-11 10:03:17

Nothing like worms to send us into cleaning frenzies - sympathies!

Hot (no need to boil) wash all linen, towels included. Wipe taps/handles as per below/above. Hoover after changing beds, around beds esp. and bathroom and play areas.

Ovex for entire family (Pripsen piperazine version for toddlers). Personally, I repeat after a week, and then again after two, and as I'm paranoid sometimes again for peace of mind. The active ingredient in Ovex barely gets into the system, mostly stays in the gut and is excreted, so not a worrying drug to take.

Keep wearing pants AND PJ bottoms (awful in hot weather, sorry) for the two weeks to be sure. Kids especially can itch inside their pants then eggs back onto sheets. Wash bottoms first thing in the morning (I found this hard with small child, who objected strongly - so used warm flannel then hot washed flannel).

Nails short, loads of hand washing esp before eating.

Very very common, but don't worry - you will be alert to the slightest itch in future, and will nip anything in the bud! We've 'only' had them twice so far, one dd then the other a few years apart, and got rid of them without a problem. Am sure you will too.

SoloAgainItSeems Thu 07-Jul-11 01:02:31

Pripsen is available in tablet form and very quick to work IME.

AttilaTheMeerkat Thu 07-Jul-11 10:42:46

You will need to treat everyone within the family.

Anothing thing that is helpful to do is to run some hot water and sit in the bath first thing in the morning for a few minutes. Do that as well every day for two weeks; this will wash away any eggs around the anal area from overnight.

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