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Treating worms

While threadworm infections are really itchy and irritating, treating them is simple. The aim of treatment is to get rid of the threadworms and prevent re-infection.

Just one dose of Vermox tablets can effectively kill adult threadworms. To ensure the worm infection cycle is broken completely, it is essential that all members of your household are treated, including adults, even if they don’t have any symptoms.

As worming treatments only kill adult worms (not their eggs), it is advisable to check for worms again around 3 weeks after the first dose, to see if another dose is needed.

Treating worms doses

If you, or another member of the household is pregnant, or if you have children under 2 years, ask your doctor for advice.

Preventing Worms

Threadworms can be spread easily, so alongside worming treatment, it’s important to take preventative measures to ensure they don’t come back.

You can minimise the chances of re-infection in your children and the rest of the family by:

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Teaching your children to thoroughly and regularly wash their hands – especially before they touch food and after going to the toilet

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Keeping fingernails
short and clean

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Shower rather than take a bath for several days after treatment to wash any remaining eggs away from the anal region

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Washing towels, pyjamas, clothes and bedding every day in hot water and drying them in a hot tumble dryer

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Not sharing towels
or wash cloths

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Changing underwear and bedding

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Clean toilet seats and potties regularly with disinfectant

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