Threadworms are tiny worms in your poo. They’re common in children and spread easily. You can treat them at home without the need to visit your GP.
You can spot worms in your poo, they look like pieces of white thread. You might also see them around your child’s bottom (anus). The worms usually come out at night while your child is sleeping.
Other symptoms can include:
Less common signs of worms include:
Medicine kills the threadworms, but it doesn’t kill the eggs. Eggs can live for up to 2 weeks outside the body. There are things you can do to stop becoming infected again.
Threadworms spread when their eggs are swallowed. They lay eggs around your anus, which make it itchy. The eggs get stuck on your fingers when you scratch. They can then pass on to anything you touch, including:
Eggs can then pass to other people when they touch these surfaces and touch their mouth. They take around 2 weeks to hatch. This is why it’s important to wash hands regularly.
You can easily treat threadworm at home without the need to visit the GP. You can buy medicine for threadworms from pharmacies;
Threadworms can easily be treated at home without the needs to see your GP; however if you are pregnant or if your child is under 2 you may need to visit the GP for treatment. Ask your pharmacist first for more advice.