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threadworms

Intestinal parasitic worms which infect at least 20% of children at any one time. Enterobius vermicularis is a small, white worm about 1 cm long with a blunt head and a fine, hair-like, pointed tail. Eggs are laid on the skin around the child's anus and itching causes scratching and reinfection via the mouth. Threadworms can be removed with drugs such as mebendazole or piperazine, but all the members of the family must be treated. Also known as pinworms.

threadworms

see NEMATODES.
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Threadworms are not usually harmful, the worst thing about them is generally the itching and discomfort that they can cause.
The first Threadworm Action Day is taking place on Wednesday 22nd October, to coincide with many children being on half term holiday - an ideal time to detect and treat threadworms before school starts again.
Most troublesome are the threadworms, named after the fact that they look like small sections of thread.
A survey of mothers of school-aged children found that 50% didn't know how to treat threadworms, and figures from the Consumer Health Information Centre showed 64% of parents said they would consult their GP if their child had worms, even though most doctors would advise a parent to visit their pharmacist for treatment and advice.
ZIMECTERIN GOLD is also indicated for control of large strongyles, bots, roundworms, tapeworms, threadworms, pinworms, hairworms, lungworms and stomach worms.
A MOTHER is threatening to take her children out of a Leamington school because it failed to alert parents to an outbreak of threadworms.
This is a common problem with children and the usual causes are poor hygiene and threadworms.
A IT sounds quite likely that your children have threadworms.
A PRURITUS ani (Latin for an itchy bum) can be caused by threadworms so check your poo for tiny white flecks.
A PINWORMS or threadworms are white worms about one centimetre long that resemble threads.
An itchy bottom is a common problem in children and there are a number of possible underlying causes but, in my experience, most are due to one of two conditions - poor hygiene or threadworms.