Threadworm parasites may be small, measuring up to 1/2 inch in length, but they pack quite a punch. They look like little cotton threads, with a white colour, blunt head, and a pointed tail. And to make matters worse, threadworms can live for up to 6 weeks! They are more common in children, but adults can suffer with them too.

How to detect threadworms

Unfortunately, there aren't many symptoms to give you a heads-up on if threadworms are present. The most common symptom is extreme itching around the anus, which can be a real nuisance, especially at night. But don't worry, we've got some tips to help you out.

How long do threadworms last?

Threadworms can call your gut their home for a solid 5-6 weeks before dying but will lay tiny eggs that hatch and grow into adult worms, starting the infection cycle all over again. Those eggs can survive outside the body for up to two weeks. That's why it's super important to tackle the whole household if an infestation happens, including all the bedding and clothing.

How to get rid of threadworms

Your pharmacist is here to save the day! They can recommend treatment to kill those pesky parasites. The medicine might not be able to kill the eggs, so you'll need to take some extra steps in your daily life to protect yourself and your loved ones from reinfection.

Wash your hands regularly, especially before eating or after using the bathroom. Take a shower every day, keep those nails nice and short, disinfect surfaces, and give your bedding, soft toys, and clothes a good wash in hot water frequently. These simple steps can make a world of difference in keeping those threadworms at bay.

Dealing with threadworms can be a real annoyance, but don't stress. With help from your pharmacist, you’ll say goodbye to those threadworms in no time, and you'll be back to feeling your best.