Vermox Frequently Asked Questions
Sometimes no symptoms are present, however common symptoms include:
- Itching around the bottom
- Threadworms visible on bowel motion or around anus
- Restless sleep
- Bed wetting
- Grinding of teeth
- Lack of appetite
Worms are highly contagious and it isn’t a reflection on the cleanliness of the home or family. School children are particularly likely to catch them because they often share things like food, pencils, books or toys. Any of these can carry tiny, almost invisible worm eggs. All it takes is for the child to put his or her fingers in the mouth or pick up contaminated items and the worm infection cycle begins. They can be and are usually passed from the child to the rest of the family.
Worms from pets cannot be directly transferred to humans. However it is possible for the common roundworm of dogs to infect humans indirectly if its eggs become infective by lying in soil for more than 3 weeks. Human infection can then occur if material containing pet excretion is swallowed. This can be a serious medical problem, as the larvae of this worm can invade human tissues such as liver, brain or eyes. A doctor should be consulted. Fortunately, this is a very rare condition in Australia.
Threadworms are the only common worms that infect humans in Australia. Rare worms such as whipworm, roundworm and hookworm are not a problem in this country. If you suspect a rare worm infection, check with your doctor or pharmacist. If diagnosed with a rare worm infection, Vermox may be used for treatment as it is also formulated to kill whipworm, roundworm and hookworm as well as threadworm.
They look like small short pieces of white cotton thread about 5-10mm in length.
If you suspect threadworms:
- You can check for eggs in the morning by gently pressing sticky tape against the skin around the anus where eggs will stick to the tape and can be seen clearly
- Look for signs of the worms on the surface of bowel motions
- Using a torch, look for moving worms around the anus. This is best done at night about an hour after the child has gone to bed
If there are signs, treat with Vermox. With regular checks, you will know that treatment has been effective.
School children are particularly likely to catch them because they often share things like food, pencils, books or toys. Any of these can carry tiny, almost invisible worm eggs. All it takes is for the child to put his or her fingers in the mouth or pick up contaminated items and the worm infection cycle begins.
Treatment is simple. One tablet or one 5mL dose of liquid suspension, once only for each member of the family is all that’s needed. As the intestines, where the worms live can be 9 metres long, it may take up to 3 days for the medicine to work its way through.
Vermox is available as pleasant tasting orange flavoured tablets, chocolate flavoured tablets or banana flavoured liquid.
Yes. Adults and children take the same dose. One dose once – it’s quick, no fuss and simple. There’s no need for weighing, measuring or dosage calculations. Vermox may be used from 2 years of age.
Treat the whole family at the same time
- Shower rather than take a bath for several days after treatment to wash any remaining eggs away from the anal region
- Children’s clothing and bed linen should be washed in hot water, which kills any eggs
- Do not shake or flick the bed clothes and linen when removing them for washing
- Disinfect common living areas such as bathrooms, showers and toilet seats
- Encourage children to wash their hands with soap and water
- Keep fingernails short and clean.