Threadworm is a common problem for pre school children, and occasionally older children and adults. It is spread by hand to mouth contact in the same way as a tummy bug. The worms are often noticed as little cotton thread like tiny worms in the person’s motions. Sometimes the person make wake in the night with an itchy bottom. There is no cause for alarm; it is not a dangerous condition.
Ask the surgery to prescribe some medicine to clear the infection. (Adults can buy medication over the counter)
See a GP if you:
- find a large worm or large piece of worm in your poo
- have a red, itchy worm-shaped rash on your skin
- have sickness, diarrhoea or a stomach ache for longer than 2 weeks
- are losing weight for no reason
These could be symptoms of something like roundworm, hookworm or tapeworm.
These infections are usually caught while travelling. They can take a long time to cause symptoms, so tell your GP if you’ve been abroad in the last 2 years.