white worm things

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Brooklynn asks:

I get little white worms in my poop and they're about the size of my pinky nail and there really thin. What could they be? They make my butt itch really bad, too.


Dear Brooklynn,

You most likely have pinworms. Pinworm is the most common worm infection in the United States.

Pinworms are parasites that live in the large intestine. They come out through the anus to lay eggs at night. Pinworms are about a third of an inch long and look like white threads. Often, some of them can be seen in the bowel movements.

When you scratch your butt in the middle of the night while you are sleeping, then touch your mouth, or food that will end up in your mouth, you eat the eggs that are under your fingernails and get re-infected.

See your doctor. There is a pill that you can take to get rid of these worms. It is called Vermox. There are also OTC meds to treat pinworms, and eating raw, shredded carrots helps to expel the worms.

Thanks for asking Motherload!

Motherload is a Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. Got a question for her? Ask it here.












735 Comments on "white worm things"

Dave's picture
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How do you get them in the first place? And why do carrots help?

Double Flush's picture
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How, other than scratching, might someone deal with the itch? I've tried rubbing with rough TP and then flushing it and washing my hands.

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GottaGoGirl's picture
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Dude. Do you HAVE pinworms?

I looked up Vermox, and found a link with something interesting.:

"...Also, the eggs can hatch on the skin of girls and the larvae crawl into the vagina instead of the rectum. This happens in up to 20% of girls with pinworms (Nelson's Textbook of Pediatrics, Saunders 1996)..."

My breakfast lurched when I read that, although the article does state that vaginal pinworms usually die out with no outside help. Thank goodness for small blessings.

The reason I bring it up has to do with the carrot question. Are the carrots supposed to drag the worms out of the colon? If so, it wouldn't help with vaginal pinworms (*shudder*).

Motherload's picture
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The reason that I recommended eating raw shredded carrots is because carrots are a very good source of the main cleansing minerals; chlorine and sulphur.

Chlorine-containing foods stimulate the functions of the liver, aiding in the elimination of toxic waste from the body. Sulphur-containing foods promote a cleansing and antiseptic effect on the digestive system and bloodstream.

The carrots don't have to be shredded, but they do need to be raw because cooking alters the molecular structure and renders some of nutrients and their effects useless.

Other foods that are very effective in killing off parasites due to high sulphur content are garlic, onions and cabbage.

The way you are initially infected with pinworms is simply by picking up the eggs off of something that an infected person has touched.

Schools and daycares or other institutions that are primarily occupied by children are the most at-risk places.

Pinworm infection in adults is not as common as in children mainly because adults tend to wash their hands more often.
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GottaGoGirl's picture
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Somebody send Dufya some coleslaw!

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Worms! Infection! Vagina!

Aaaahhhahahgh!

Itch!

AAAAAAAAGH!
I'm going to have nightmares now.

Thunderbox's picture
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This is getting really gross - it`s definitely got the makings of a good horror film.

The voice of sanity

Tydirium's picture
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Do pinworms do anything bad? Is there any danger from them, other than the gross factor of wriggly worms dropping out of your ass?

Motherload's picture
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Tydirium, for the most part pinworms are just gross, and a pain (itch) in the ass. But there are sometimes complications that can arise from severe or repeated infestations. Most are secondary infections from scratching.

In females, entry of the worms into the vagina can cause vaginitis, urinary tract infections and can even get to the uterus and fallopian tubes and cause problems there as well.

According to the Mayo Clinic, very severe cases when there are large numbers of adult pinworms living in the intestine, can cause enough abdominal pain and rob the body of enough nutrients to cause weight loss.

My advice is to wash your hands often (don't forget to wash under your fingernails), eat your vegetables, and if your butt itches a lot at night, put a piece of clear tape on the skin right around the anus before bed and carefully peel it off in the morning. If you have pinworms they will be stuck to the tape.

If you do have them, call your doctor and get the medicine. It is usually just one little pill.
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Fart Poopie's picture
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My siblings and I got pinworms when we were tots. Playing in the dirt then eating something without washing your hands is probably the most common way a kid ends up with an infection. My mom would make us chew and swallow whole cloves of raw garlic before every meal to get rid of them. It worked.

I don't know about my siblings, but I started washing my hands a heck of a lot more after that. My husband says I'm borderline compulsive about it.

Bunga Din's picture
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Motherload, sort of off topic here but here goes. I tried that tape idea you mentioned but I was all out of clear scotch tape so I used that heavy grey duct tape. Good news, no worms, bad news reverse ass mohawk (with pain). Besides Ron Popiels fine hair care products is there something I can use to camoflage this bare patch?

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Bunga, glad to hear no worms found. Sorry about your butt hair. Go out and get some double-sided tape, stick the hairy piece of tape to one side and stick it back on your ass.
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Double Flush's picture
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I might have been misleading with my last post. I don't believe I have pinworms, though I don't mind eating cole slaw. I'm not very fond of carrots.

Bunga, try doing what old ladies do with their eyebrows. When hair goes away, just draw it on every day.

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Anonymous Coward's picture

Two other foodstuffs are supposed to be good for preventing/expelling parasites:

eating pumpkin seeds and a tea brewed from epazote-a pungent green herb that you can only find in a well stocked Mexican grocery store.
They may have epazote dried, or if you're lucky, they may have it fresh. Its classic to put a few fresh epazote leaves in when cooking beans.

Good luck getting rid of the worms. I'd scream the roof off if I found out I had them--I'm a total coward when it comes to shit like this.

Funny thing is, I dont mind snakes at all. But I think worms are horrible.

Fecal Follies's picture
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omfg! LOL: *mental image of Bunga drawing ass hairs with an eyebrow pencil*

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The ring of fire.

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"Man who has itchy butt wakes up with stinky finger."

the log of hazzard's picture
l 100+ points

Well thanks a lot for posting this. I read this right before going to bed and I was scared to death.

Oh by the way, ML, what happens if I find just one small white thread in my boxers?

Some are born crappy, some achieve crappiness, and some have crapiness thrusted upon them. (Do NOT be the last one)

SamDamnit's picture
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I have found that a good way to scratch an itch without irritating the skin too much, is to run hot water over the itchy part. I have not tried it on my bung, but it works for poison ivy and chiggers.
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GottaGoGirl's picture
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Sam's right. When I've had hives, in order to get to sleep, I run very hot water (as hot as I can possibly stand without burning) into the tub and soak affected areas for as long as I can stand it. It really does take the itch out, as least long enough to get to sleep.

Motherload, why, do you think, the worms come out at NIGHT? How do they KNOW what time it is?

SamDamnit's picture
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i think the involuntary scratching occurs at night. They probably come up and hang out on your bung during the day too. Night time is probably the best for butt taping, as you are moving around less.
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Motherload's picture
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GGG, I have not been able to find any definate answer as to how the worms know when it is night. But you asked why I think this happens, so I will give you my opinion.

I am sure you have heard about the old "biological clock" thing. Usually people are just referring to a woman obsessing over having a baby before she gets too old. But the biological clock is very real, and has to do with much more than just reproduction.

In your brain there is a type of "pacemaker" called the suprachiasmatic nuclei. This part of the brain is responsible for setting the body's circadian rhythms.

There are over 100 circadian rythms. Each one controls a different aspect of our bodily functions such as body temperature, hormone levels, heart rate, blood pressure, etc...

There are outside triggers that regulate some of the circadian rythms. Daylight hitting the cells of the eyes causes serotonin levels to increase, which gives you more energy during the day, and when it gets dark, melatonin levels increase which makes you get sleepy and ready for bed.

When a person goes to bed and falls asleep, things like heart rate, temperature and peristalsis (the muscular contractions of the bowel) are much slower than during the day when they are awake.

It is my theory that the worms either are motivated by the lack of activity from their host, or perhaps even pick up on the presence of higher levels of melatonin or some other chemical clue.

Another possiblity is that if the worms came out during the day while you are standing, walking or sitting, they could be easily squished--and also, once they finished laying eggs they would have to re-enter the bowel by crawling straight up. The trip home is probably much easier when horizontal instead of vertical.
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That does it! I am going to sleep standing up, with tape on my ass pit, from now on.
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Brittany's picture

I have pinworms -right now-. :( I just found out last night and after having an obsessive compulsive fit I took a bath then a shower and cleaned my nails out so hard, then proceeded to wash all my clothes and sheets and pillowcases. I 409ed my nightstand and everthing on it, hopefully that helped some. I just took a dose of Pin-X.

I'm wonderin', is there any way to kill the eggs?

Double Flush's picture
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It sounds to me like you are well on your way, Brittany. Just keep that up for a bit to kill anything that hatches before they can lay more eggs. That's all I know to do.

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Fart Poopie's picture
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Bunga, you should just go and get it all waxed off. When was the last time your bottom was as smooth as a baby's? hm?
You might just like the feel of it.

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Pinworms are what led to me being a germophobic, anti-dirt person. Though I have heard that some of the cleanest people in the world can get pinworms, I still am totally anal about staying clean and washing up.

As a child, I caught pinworms and the infection grew so bad that I started to lose weight. My ribs actually stuck out of my chest and I was bony as hell. It took three years of medication to finally eliminate the worms.

Now I am paranoid and make a point of avoiding dirty little kids. As well as checking my poo in the toilet before I flush it.

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worms_eek's picture

I found out that I have pinworms last night after a disturbing realization that involved finding worms in underwear. After that, I was so paranoid that I went in the shower and actually gave myself an enema with the shower head in order to try and flush everything out. It turns out that when I did it, I actually did see a lot of worms leave the body, but I know that I need to go get treated for it anyways. My question is, will enemas actually work in treating pinworms by flushing them out?

Bunga Din's picture
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I doubt it but I've heard from them it's like a fun day at the waterpark.

healthy 1's picture
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Ok, A few years ago, I was exposed to someone with pinworms and never caught them (supposedly) I did get a very itchy rectum for a week, but no white balls. Could my diet be the reason that I never really caught the pinworms?

Diet: The water in my house is very high in chlorine. I eat and drink lots of carrots, grains, garlic, onions, cabbage, carrots, chicken and duck (the carrots, garlic, and onions are my favorites). All of these food products are very high in sulfur. I also do a bi-monthly detox with Sonne #7, and I take lots of mineral supplements (including sulfur, chlorine, and silver). I started taking mineral supplements in November 1996.

My supplement regimin: I take 84 minerals, 22 vitamins, omega 3's and 6's, and the 12 amino's.

I can say, it was pretty embarasing scratching my hole in front of customers. So Motherload, what do you think? Was it just luck, or did my diet play a role in rejecting the pinworms?

Or, was meeting this dude with pinworms, then getting an itchy rectum just a mere coincidence?
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Boomerang's picture
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Would the medication be neccasacry to rid of the worms, if it occurs?

Shitler - Poop Nazi. I also have a joke about him hating Pews (that's Jews + Poo) but maybe that's a little offensive...

Anonymous Coward's picture

Dude, I watched the movie hellboy last night, and I've got some bad news for you...Them ain't worms, they's DEMONS.

Pack_Fan2's picture

Yeah. Well..Ive Taken PIN-X About 6 or 7 weeks ago..everything was fine until i noticed they were back. its less intense now. but should i take the pinx again or try something else?

daphne's picture
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Hate to ask you a disgusting question, but did you wash your sheets, and clean the hell out of your bedroom? Use hot water on your underwear?

They might be hanging around elsewhere besides your bung.


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Anomalous Coward's picture
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Are pinworms any good for fishing bait? Just curious, not that I have them or anything (says while scratching skin off ass)...

El Fartismo the Methane Powered Flamingo Dancer's picture
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AC I would like to know that also. Hey wanna go fishing?
Scratch Scratch

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Anomalous Coward's picture
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Maybe next week El Fartismo. I'm currently in training for the Olympic ass itch team.
Scritch scratch.

Anyone got a flea collar?

Anonymous Coward's picture

El Fartismo and Anomalous Coward are scaring me!

Anonymous Coward's picture

can pinworms harm your baby if you are expecting??

El Fartismo the Methane Powered Flamingo Dancer's picture
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Alrighty then AC sounds good I get the collection of worms ready.
Hope you win brown at the games.


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Anonymous Guy's picture

I went into the bathroom to go number 2, all seemed normal, no pain, I was'nt sick. So, for no reason, I looked at my "stuff" in the toilet and saw a white, small worm moving in it. I really paniced, so I hopped on the computer and typed "white worms in poop". Im so scared, but as I said, I feel no itching!. Althought, I did just eat sevral starburst candies and drank a Moutain Dew soda. WHAT DO I DO!

The Dumpster's picture
i 2000+ points

I remember once getting a case of pinworms as a child (this was well over 40 years ago), and having to take some nasty medicine that turned my turds bright red. Is that what Vermox does?

GottaGoGirl's picture
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I think the product was originally called "WormEx", but it grossed people out so much, they changed it to the German pronuncication.
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Sum Person With Pinworms's picture

Um Yeahh I Havee Pinworms They Suck Ass!!! && There So Flippen Itchy and will pinworms go away on their Own with outt treat ment does Lemons Help Kill The Pinworms??? I Just Really Want to Know Cuz They Really Suckk And I Want to get rid of them so flippen bad!!

The Dumpster's picture
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Anybody ever heard of "Vermifuge"?

werewolf pooping on trees's picture
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When I was in year 6 at school, my teacher said to never walk barefoot outside because pinworms could get inside your body through your feet. Is this true? I have looked for it in books, websites, etc., but I have yet to find anything that says this. I also walk outside barefoot quite often when the fickle weather allows and I have never had pinworms...

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Motherload's picture
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There is some truth about becoming infected with worms from walking outside with bare feet, but the type of parasite that is contracted in this manner is the hookworm, not the pinworm.

Pinworm infestation is spread by inhaling airborne eggs, or by ingesting them through the mouth after contact with fingers that have picked them up off of surfaces or under the nails from scratching.

Hookworm eggs are found in soil that animals that are infected have used to deposit their feces. The site of entry starts out looking like a mosquito bite on the foot and can progress into a rash. The larvae then travel to the lungs where they can create asthma-like symptoms, then crawl up into the trachea where they are swallowed and finally get to their destination...your intestines. They attach themselves to the intestinal wall and suck blood from their host. An adult hookworm can live up to 10 years.


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werewolf pooping on trees's picture
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There we go then. Thankfully that's never happened to me either. The only other place I've ever heard of getting pinworms through your feet is in the book To Kill a Mockingbird (it was briefly mentioned in the part about the first day of school), but this could be a misprint, and we also have to keep in mind that it's a work of fiction.
It's weird to read that pinworms actually exist- until yesterday I was fully convinced that they were an urban legend. It's always interesting to find out that an "urban legend" is in fact true! Thanks for making things a little more interesting for me, PoopReport! (Gosh I have no life...)

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...and they all lived crappily ever after!

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Nicole Itchie's picture

I was looking for a way to curb my appetite, and I was fortunate to find this discussion. My stomach is churning so bad I don't think I could keep anything down.

And, no, I'm not pregnant. Those photos you saw were me right after eating an olive.

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Couldn't agree more, Nicole. Ever since I lost my gag reflex it takes a discussion this gross to make me bring up a blast of stomach grease.

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Yes! The mood of this topic is just what the doctor ordered to put more turmoil into my own writing!

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