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.












733 Comments on "white worm things"

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How do you get them in the first place? And why do carrots help?

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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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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*).

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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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Somebody send Dufya some coleslaw!

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Worms! Infection! Vagina!

Aaaahhhahahgh!

Itch!

AAAAAAAAGH!
I'm going to have nightmares now.

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

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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?

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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omfg! LOL: *mental image of Bunga drawing ass hairs with an eyebrow pencil*

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

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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)

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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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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?

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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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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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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?

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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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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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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?

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

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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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Would the medication be neccasacry to rid of the worms, if it occurs?

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

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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?

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

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AC I would like to know that also. Hey wanna go fishing?
Scratch Scratch

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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?

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El Fartismo and Anomalous Coward are scaring me!

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can pinworms harm your baby if you are expecting??

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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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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!

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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?

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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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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!!

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Anybody ever heard of "Vermifuge"?

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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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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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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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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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I would much rather have a tapeworm. It's like the best non-prescription diet aid there could ever be! And I hear they don't itch like those pinworm things!

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Yes, but they're also the length of a school bus and can make you severely constipated if they get too long and fold over too many times.

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Well i don't think i have pinworms but i did see a couple of white strands in my well you get the picture would that be pinworms...i am a little itchy but the doctor told me i had vaginaitis

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can a tapeworm be harmful to you like hurt you or possibly any worse consequences?

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Ok, you people are hilarious..seriously funny ! .. my daughter has pinworms so I was researching them and found this...anyone have myspace? I bet some of you have hilarious blogs!!! I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours!!
~Shannon :) myspace.com/charlotterealtor

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I just took a "blog". A one-wiper with excellent sphincter distension, a slick yet textured outer layer around what I can only assume was a firm but yielding core of nougaty digestive matter. Posted to the city wastewater facility, alas. My cable modem wouldn't accept it.

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i was wondering, will they go away on their own?
im too embarassed to go to the doctor or tell anyone and ive actually been trying to manually remove the worms!b e.g with toilet paper
i first noticed 3 days ago, and there has been considerably less worms and much less itching. will it just go away? ive been washing my hands alot and all the other stuff ive found out..

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Dude-- Doctors have seen everything!! Go to the doctor, get you some anti-worm medicine and get rid of them for good- there's nothing to be ashamed of... it's not like you got a jam jar stuck up there or something.


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Well, Queen, I know you're right about the doctor part, but try getting past the receptionist without telling her what you're there for. Believe me, I'd rather have the worms backed up to my sinuses before I'd tell that girl what the problem is. Seriously, I always call my doctor's office and make an appointment by telling them I'm coming in for a sore elbow or something, and then I tell the doctor the truth. This makes me worse than a shameful shitter, believe me. I'm absolutely mortified by having to tell the woman at the front desk what's wrong, unless it's something so neutral, like an arrow in my skull or something, that I don't have to be shy.
If anything ever goes wrong with my wiener, I'm going to be in big trouble. That would be ten times worse than going in for a poop ailment!

I know that makes me sound pathetic, and I wish I could buy into the "they're all professionals argument", but I've been reluctant to tell the screening people what my problem is for years and it's not going to change any time soon.

Am I the only one who feels this way? I have no idea. It's even worse when there are other people in the waiting area and the woman at the desk says, "What did you want to see Dr. Smith about today?" and I can feel every set of ears tuning in behind my back. You think I like it that way, being so ashamed of having something wrong that I want no one else to know about it? I don't.

So, Jimbob, if you ever check back here, understand that you're not the only one who wants to know if something will heal itself so you won't have to go tell a doctor about it. All I can tell you is that if you find a doctor who seems competent and professional and understanding, tell the doctor that there might be times when you are too shy to come in because you're embarrassed. Maybe he or she will suggest a less threatening way of getting in touch with him or her on the phone so you can describe your symptoms and find out if you need to see a doctor. I feel for you, Jimbob, because believe me, I've been there.

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yeah maybe i will go to the doctor but you know its been 4 or maybe 5 days now and all the symptoms are getting less intense every day. in fact the only symptoms are the itching and the worms themselves. all the others ive heard about i havent had.

surely theyll just go in a couple of days.....
maybe i should eat a load of shredded raw carrot

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Ok-my daughter (10) discovered she had pinworms one night...I freaked and took her to the emergency room because I didn't know what they were. They said she had an advanced case because they could actually see hers on the outside of her anus hole and they actually asked if they could take a picture! (see where I chose the name "famous anus"...that's what I joked about with her to keep her calm) anyways they did prescribe one pill and one for everyone in our family. Said if one person is infected chances are everyone is because it is so contagious. They also said shower daily and use wipes at night on the rearend. That was about it...so I found these postings very interesting because she and I both keep thinking they're back....I think it's more in our head but yuck, once you're exposed to this you do get a bit paranoid...and I always have been a big handwasher...purell...in car, on desk, in purse etc. Also they said wash the sheets. I'm gonna start eating carrots by the pound now! One thing that MIGHT make you feel better is they said pediatrician doctors tend to get these alot because of their regular exposure to children....I keep telling myself that because I am not a dirty person and I do keep a clean house....gtg get my carrots.

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Just enjoyed reviewing all of these and knowing I'm not alone, nor crazy! Thanks for everyone's honesty and bluntness!

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hi. if you could please help me thatd be great. im a teenager & i know i have those worm things. im really paranoid & oviously i searched for a site like this. I dont want to ask my mom for help so what can i do to get rid of them? please help

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Anonymous Coward, first of all, DON'T PANIC. All you need to do is go to a store like Walmart or your local drug store and buy a product called Pin-x or Pin-Rid or Reese's Pinworm Medicine (not Reeses Pieces) and take it according to the directions on the package. Usually you take one dose, then 2 weeks later follow up with the second dose.

The most important thing to remember though, is that YOU HAVE TO WASH EVERYTHING. I realize you are a teenager and this is probably against your current religion, but you have to clean your room.

Make sure that once you take the first pill you change the sheets and blankets on your bed, and be sure to wash them and your clothing (especially underwear and pajamas) in HOT water.

Dust your furniture, sweep your floor and even use the vacuum cleaner on your mattress and stuffed animals if possible.

And absolutely, most definitely WASH YOUR HANDS AND CLEAN UNDER YOUR FINGERNAILS.

Then 2 weeks later take the other dose just to make sure you got them all and you should be fine.

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If he starts all that cleaning-up, his mother will absolutely know he is NOT fine! :)
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Hello,

I really do need your help, i.e. before I have a nervous breakdown!!!!

For appproximately 1 week now I have had an entity which I believe is a pinworm moving about in my rectum day and night.

I am reluctant to go back to the doctor's and I'm afraid to ask those that I know for advise because I am positive they will think that I am crazy. About two days ago I purchased some pin-x to no avail as the cretin never left my rectum to consume the medicine.

This thing seems to have
inhabited my rectum with very little intention of leaving.......please, please, please advise of a way to get this PARASITE out of my rectum.

PS
Just read that a clove of garlic inserted in the rectum will help....my question is how is the garlic getting out of the rectum????

DESPERATE.

Desperate,

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Just wondering about this whole "lame comments" thing.
Someone named Brittany posted on 9/4/06, saying "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."

Double Flush got a Lame Comment -1 point for this response, same date:
"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."

On 1/14/07, Motherload gives advice that sounds very similar to the combination of Brittany's and Double Flush's posts regarding the cleaning aspect.

Double Flush has a history of getting lamed, so maybe it's just routine to assume the 9/4 comment was lame. But if it was actually lame, I really have no clue what standards are used to determine that.

Looked to me like Double Flush was offering encouragement, nothing more.

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crap so i could be giving these pinworms to people i come in contact with every day?

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What happens if you don't treat pinworms? I don't have them but I would like to know what could happen.

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A.C., one above: According to about five web sites I visited, pinworms are contagious. If you're shaking hands with people, maybe that's one way of transmitting them, but I don't think it's that great a risk if your hands are clean and your nails are short.
Where I work, they love to make a huge bowl of popcorn every day. Everyone (except me) sticks their hands in there and digs in. I have no idea whether everyone I work with washes their hands after crapping. I don't take the chance of anything being on food that's shared from a bowl or a tray, or even a box of donuts someone brings to work.
I think if you keep your fingernails short, wash your hands thoroughly after shitting, and avoid doing any bare hand scratching of your ass if the worms are irritating you, you probably minimize risk to others.

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I found a worm about two and a half weeks ago. Took medicine for it and everything. I think I had the worms in my vagina too, because in the discharge, there's like...little "pieces" (I don't know how else to describe it.)

After I found out about the worms, I washed everything in hot water (clothes, bedsheets, pillowcases, the works) and bleached my mattress out of sheer panic.

Is there something I have to do about getting the worm..carcasses..out of my vagina..? I'm so freaked out by this and I'm afraid to mention it to anyone. Please help! (I've been eating DOZENS of carrots..)

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"Is there something I have to do about getting the worm..carcasses..out of my vagina..?"

I will try to think about this, as soon as I can stop laughing.

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...I'm through laughing, now. Call 1-800-DONIKER. He may have a tool that can clean you out.

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"Is there something I have to do about getting the worm..carcasses..out of my vagina..?"

I wouldn't worry too much about it. In fact, it doesn't need cleaning out at all. The worm carcasses will decompose of their own accord, along with any remaining sloughed skin, blood and ovum from previous menstrual cycles. Uric acid helps create the proper PH level, so don't wipe after urinating either. Once this combination has been allowed to stew for a few months -- Voila! -- you have the perfect growth medium for your yeast mold collection.

Yo quiero Taco Bell.

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Sorry, I'm not getting why it's okay for the previous three posts to mock a post by someone who might have actually been concerned about a health issue? Maybe the same "janitors" that some regulars to this site laud should take a look at that kind of ridicule. Seems to me these posts are every bit as flame-like as others that have been deleted.

I guess there must be a distinction I'm missing here between telling someone you're laughing at them and telling someone you think their story is weak.

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Why don't you just do a vinegar douche to get rid of the remnants of the worms? Yuck.

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Recto, I think it's a matter of there already being quite a few SERIOUS responses. Of course, we're presuming people will know the DIFFERENCE when they read the thread. Big presumption, obviously.

Not only is there already good information to be had in the thread, but if people are silly enough to take their medical advice ONLY from a poop HUMOR site, maybe someone will say something so outrageous that the poor souls will be frightened enough to actually CONSULT A DOCTOR.

We're Poop Report.
We're Here To Help.

And To Laugh At You.

OMG. Just found my new signature. Thanks, Recto!

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Oh, okay. I guess we can assume that anyone who posts here about a healthy concern they have will be discerning enough to know that when they're being mocked it translates to "see a doctor". Gotcha.

Sorry I missed the part where the poster implied that she was taking her medical advice only from a poop humor site. I'm sure she was frightened enough to consult a doctor, rather than merely finding that her question was viewed as something that opened the door to another humor opportunity. She's probably happy to have helped.


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Okay, yeah. If you google "pinworms" there are at LEAST 100 hits on actual medical sites that come up BEFORE Poop Report. It makes perfect sense, therefore, to simply SKIP OVER FamilyDoctor, MedlinePlus, WebMD, eMedicineHealth, DrGreene, medicineEnet, mdchoice, healthcentral, mayoclinic, as well as more than 89 other MEDICAL answers. Of course. How silly of me.

But, as you point out, since the reading public appears to be incapable of discerning what constitutes the difference between actual medical advice from humor, here y'go:
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From Dr. Greene:
Pinworms
Related concepts:
Worms, Nematodes, Enterobiasis, Enterobius vermicularis
Introduction:
Although adults often shudder at pinworm infections, most kids don't have this same gut response. In any case, pinworms are mostly harmless and inhabit people in every socioeconomic group and culture.

What is it?
The pinworm, or Enterobius vermicularis, is one of the most common parasitic infections of humans. Somewhere between 10 percent and 40 percent of children have pinworms at any given time.

The adult pinworms are white and measure less than one half inch long, with the diameter of a strand of thread. These tiny roundworms are quite complex. Like us, they have mouths, throats, and gastrointestinal tracts. Like us, they have nervous systems. The females have a vagina, a uterus, and ovaries. The males have a testicle, vas deferens, seminal vesicle, and ejaculatory duct. They eat, drink, pee, poop, and reproduce sexually.

The adult worms live in the colons (large intestines) of human children and apparently feed on human fecal matter.

When adult male and female worms copulate, each female pinworm produces about 10,000 fertilized eggs. At night, the pregnant female migrates from the colon, out through the child's anus and onto the skin of the buttocks. There she violently expels all of her eggs and dies. Some of the eggs become airborne and land elsewhere in the child's room, but the great majority of the fertilized eggs stay on the skin of the child's buttocks. The eggs mature within six hours of being laid.

The adult worms and the eggs on the skin of the buttocks can cause intense itching in the child. When the sleeping child scratches, the eggs often get on the fingers and under the fingernails. If the child sucks his or her thumb or otherwise brings his or her hand to the mouth (perhaps while eating breakfast), the pinworm eggs are swallowed. They usually hatch within the small intestine and mature there. When they become adults, they move to the colon where they take up residence. The entire life cycle lasts four to six weeks.

Occasionally the story goes a little differently. Sometimes a child can inhale airborne eggs and become infected that way. Every now and then the eggs will hatch on the skin of the buttocks, and the immature larvae will crawl back through the anus, up into the rectum and eventually arrive in the colon. 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. The vaginal pinworms usually die out with no outside help.

Who gets it?
Pinworms are found worldwide and can affect people of all ages, although the great majority of cases occur before age 12. Pinworms occur in all socioeconomic groups, but are more common wherever children are in close contact with each other.

What are the symptoms?
Most children with pinworms have no symptoms at all. In the same way that many bacteria live in our intestines without making us sick, pinworms can live happily in our intestines without causing any problems. Since the pinworm almost always stays in the gastrointestinal tract (or vagina), there is usually no systemic illness.

Some children, however, develop nighttime itching of the skin around the anus. For a small number of these children, the itching can be quite intense.

The girls who develop vaginal pinworm infections often develop vaginal itching and sometimes a vaginal discharge.

Attempts to link pinworm infection to bed wetting or grinding of the teeth have been unsuccessful, but pinworm infestations can interfere with sleep.

Is it contagious?
Pinworms are contagious. Fertile eggs are usually spread on fingernails, but can also be spread on clothing, bedding, or even house dust. Fertilized eggs can remain alive for 20 days, waiting to be swallowed or inhaled.

How long does it last?
The life cycle of a pinworm is 4 to 6 weeks. Without treatment, infestation will continue as long as fresh eggs are being swallowed, unless a person develops immunity to pinworms, which is unusual before age 15.

How is it diagnosed?
Stool and blood tests are not very helpful in diagnosing pinworms. Seeing a worm clinches the diagnosis. Check your child's skin with a flashlight during the night and first thing in the morning. Look for white, wiggling threads. If it's not wiggling, it's probably just lint. Occasionally a wiggling worm will be seen on the surface of a stool. Pinworms are so common that children with nighttime anal itching are often treated without any lab test at all. The classic diagnostic tool is to apply a piece of transparent tape to the skin near the anus first thing in the morning. This tape can then be attached to a glass slide and examined under a microscope for the presence of eggs. Your doctor can supply you with a pinworm lab kit, if necessary. Remember, though, that these eggs are infective!

How is it treated?
The treatment is two doses of an anti-pinworm drug. The second dose is given 2 weeks after the first.

Physicians disagree about whether or not to treat all family members. Treating the infected child alone will often get rid of the infestation. Anyone who sleeps with the child, or any family member or friend with itching should be treated. In stubborn cases, treating the family members, and particularly the other children, can be a good idea.

Washing the bedding on the treatment day may help and is often recommended.

How can it be prevented?
This easily transmissible infection is very common in children. It is not a sign of poor hygiene. It is easily spread at home, school, or day care (pets have no part in the pinworm story). Since most kids experience no ill effects whatsoever, extreme measures to prevent pinworms are not wise.

I recommend trimming the fingernails, scrubbing the hands (after awakening, before meals – especially breakfast – and after toileting). These measures have never been proven to help at all, but they still seem like a good idea to me.

Where pinworms are a constant problem, treating every 3 months may help to prevent re-infestation.

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Gracious! GottaGoGirl + Motherload = GottaGo Load. Everything I ever wanted to know about pinworms, but was afraid to ask.

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i've had them for a while now.
and i am so embarassed to tell my mum.
i dont know what to do.

they are sooooo gross.
and i itch at night now.
and i know why.
so its not very easing.

another way to see if you have them is to, as gross as this sounds, stick a tampon up you butt. gross gross gross. but it gets the job done.

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Paging Double Flush, Mr. Double Flush, get out of that freaking squirrel costume we have a woman after your heart here.

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I noticed two white worms after wiping, thought I was going to freak out. Just so happens I was in the bathroom at CVS. I told the pharmacists that my child of nine had pinworms, and did they have any over the counter medication. I had to take 16 pills because of my weight. It also treats hookworms and roundworms. plus if you have any left over, it works on dogs, cats, horses and pigs.

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I've had pins since I was 7. I'm 23 now. My butt itches all the time. Sometimes at work I can actually feel the worms crawling out and then poking me! It's miserable. I finally got the guts up to goto the pharmacy and buy some medicine. So, I go to the consult window and there a cute girl working and about 6 or 7 people standing around waiting for prescriptions. So, I tell her my son has pin worms and will she please give me some Pin-X. (I don't have a son and am not married!) I thought it wouldn't be as embarrasing. Well, he yells back to the pharmasist and he says I need to take "my son" to the pediatrition. I was thing damn!! So, I said OK and then went to look for the medicine myself. I couldn't find it. I went to another pharmacy and didn't find it on the shelf and didn't have the guts to ask again. I guess I'll keep having to suffer!

Will and enema with salty water do anything to kill them? I'm desperate!!!

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If you haven't been to a doctor, how do you know WHAT you have?

Wouldn't it be better to just GO to the doc?

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Well, I'm 99% pin worms. I've seen them before in my poop. I have sqwated over a mirriw before and have seen them moving around my hole. I've never had 'roids or anything like that.

One thing that does seem to help the itching at night is rubbing a generous heap of Cortaid Maximum Strength on my butt hole. I've tried other creams and they don't work. Only the Cortaid. I might have to go to the doctor. I'm sick and tired of this!!

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If you have been living with this for 16 years and have been too embarrassed to go to the doctor, I would suggest that your first stop needs to be at a psychiatrist's office.

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L Lovelace reported that she lost her gag reflex about 38 posts ago. I think I found it...
Hey Itchy Butt Man, how long would you delay seeking medical attention if you got ole Willie One-eye caught in your zipper? Good god man.

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OMG I just went to the toilet (I'm a teenager by the way) and I'm not sure why but I looked and there were these white thin things moving about in my poop!! I haven't been itchy I don't think but now I'm really freaked out! I cant talk to my mum so I'm just gonna have to deal with it but I'm spraying everything with cleaning stuff and ill change my bed sheets. Does anyone know how to get rid of them without seeing a doctor? and how long do they last?
Oh and there's blood as well, is this normal?

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No. It's not.

Go tell your mother you need to see a doctor on Monday.

Wait!

Clean your room first. Then tell her you need to see a doctor.

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Wait, there's a Japanese film crew interested in your story, you wouldn't happen to keep eels as pets also, would you?

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I'm the one who posted before (the teenager who found them last night) and for some reason theres no sign of them today :s anyone know why this is?

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People, you can totally have pinworm even if you can't see WORMS FALLING OUT OF YOUR ASS. I do. And let me tell you, if you have any of these symptoms people are desribing, get thee to a doctor and don't be shy about what you think you have. Apparently, my roommate and I have been suffering in silence for months, not telling each other our symptoms and when I told two different doctors, they told me to use softer toilet paper. Well, I'm a female, and I've since had a lovely bout of vaginitis and a UTI, and I can't help but think they were related to my doctors misdiagnosing the pinworm. UTIs, in case you don't know, can lead to much worse infections when gone untreated, so ladies, take care.

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Hmmmm, pinworms, vaginitis and a urinary tract infection, you certainly are a find, bet you aren't too busy on weekends.

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I dunno, Bunga; she sounds as busy as a stump full of ants to me.

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Alright, Dumpster gets a plus one for making me get the dry heaves.
I used to think the shit-eating threads were the grossest on the site. Now I change my mind. This thread has to be the grossest one ever created on Poop Report. The comments on here are. GAG!!!

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The scary thing is that I read that most people actually do have pinworms to some extent and don't even know because they have no symptoms. Personally, I think it would be scarier to have worms crawling around and not know about it than to itch a little at night. (Forgive me if I sound a bit rude, I've never had pinworms that I know of...)

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I went the loo before and I saw some white things that I thought were moving. I'm 14 and I'm reallyyy ashamed and scared. I don't think I can tell me mum (too embarrassed) Can they go by themselves or must you get treated?? I'm scarredd =(

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Do you have a friend's mom with whom you'd feel more comfortable asking? Even if it was to take you to the pharmacy and get some de-worming medicine.

Pin-Rid or Pin-X: the medicine in both of those is Pyrantel; you might also look for Vermox, which is Mebendazole. I don't know what's available in your area.

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You can buy the pill to get rid of these worms from any good pharmacy including Walmart/Asda pharmacies etc. There is no need to go to the doctor if your too embarassed! They should be on the shelf at any good drug store. Fix your ass before it takes over the world!

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Itchy Butt Man (not verified) -- 01.24.2007
I've had pins since I was 7. I'm 23 now. My butt itches all the time. Sometimes at work I can actually feel the worms crawling out and then poking me! It's miserable. I finally got the guts up to goto the pharmacy and buy some medicine. So, I go to the consult window and there a cute girl working and about 6 or 7 people standing around waiting for prescriptions. So, I tell her my son has pin worms and will she please give me some Pin-X. (I don't have a son and am not married!) I thought it wouldn't be as embarrasing. Well, he yells back to the pharmasist and he says I need to take "my son" to the pediatrition. I was thing damn!! So, I said OK and then went to look for the medicine myself. I couldn't find it. I went to another pharmacy and didn't find it on the shelf and didn't have the guts to ask again. I guess I'll keep having to suffer!

Will and enema with salty water do anything to kill them? I'm desperate!!!

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Itchy Butt Man (not verified) -- 01.24.2007
Well, I'm 99% pin worms. I've seen them before in my poop. I have sqwated over a mirriw before and have seen them moving around my hole. I've never had 'roids or anything like that.

One thing that does seem to help the itching at night is rubbing a generous heap of Cortaid Maximum Strength on my butt hole. I've tried other creams and they don't work. Only the Cortaid. I might have to go to the doctor. I'm sick and tired of this!!

Dude, you must have a Universe up your ass. 16 years and you still haven't got rid of them! They have probably evolved by now!

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Wow, this is weird, but yeah I think I should tell my mom asap. I really don't want anything weird to happen and the bad thing is I'm only twelve!

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in the last 2 months i have found two worms in my vagina and dont know how i got them. i rally wanna get it sorted but i am to embarrssed to tak to anyone about it. is there any way i can sort my problem out havin to go to the doctor or telling anyone???

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magiangirl1 (not verified) -- 04.22.2007
"in the last 2 months i have found two worms in my vagina ..."

DAMN! You owe me a new keyboard. The puke shorted this one out.
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i just found out that i have worms a couple of days ago...i've had them before, and every time the seasons change i get the freaking ass biters...yesterday i drank medicine for them..but it didn't do anything..they still survived...today i drank it again in hopes of murdering the little basterds..but tonight my ass is still itching WHAT THE HECK!!!..i can't take it anymore, i washed everything, the skin on my hands is peeling of from washing for christ's sake, and the little ass whipes are still crawling around...what the hell do i do when the medicine is not helping?!?!?!

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Hi...i know i should go to the doctor cause i've had pinworms for a while..i am scared...i know all about how they've seen worse...blah..blah...anyways i heard that you can get an over the counter drug called Combantrin in canada? how do i do that? i am a teenager and do not know how to order an over the coutner drug? i am assuming i just go there and ask? do i need a care card or have to be a certain age or anything?

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You're not alone. So many people are ashamed of their butt trouble.

You can check the internet for the drug, or do some research on what classification pinworms are (use your science teacher and figure out the taxonomy) and maybe there's a pet product that we can take, but it sounds very, very risky.

I know this is scary, but your best bet is to talk to your Mom or Dad. All they'd have to do is call the doctor and get you an appointment. You might have to give a poop sample, which you can do at home, but after that, you'll get relief.

Listen, no matter how bad you feel, you must believe that there is much worse your doctor has heard. Is it really worth all this suffering to not fess up in a five minute conversation to your parents or legal guardian?

Good luck.


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I have pin worms ok. I don't wanna tell anyone and don't want to go to the doctors. I just read a post about medication available in asda pharmacies. what is it called? and do you need a prescription from the doctors?

help.

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Well, it might not be possible to get what you want the way you want it. Look, I'd like to have a smaller ass without working out, but that's not going to happen either.

Google internet pharmacies without prescription and let us know what you find.


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i think i have worms, but i don't know for sure. i took a poop yesterday and this white string looking thing came out in my poop. Only about 2 or 3 inches long. I really don't know what to do. i am only a teenager. Can you please help on what i should do.

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i have been reading through this site for a while now and noticed that about 10 people asked will they ever go away on there own... and not a single person got an answer.. well here u go

i got pinworms when i was little and it was TERRIBLE and they lasted for a very very long time and i did go to the doctors... and they didnt diagnose me for it probably because i was embarrassed and wudnt give them good symptoms. but shame on them if a little kid goes in complaining about there anus they shud automatically think pinworms.. but none the less i am happy to say they did clear up on there own...i might have just been lucky but they went away

unfortunatly i did get them again about 5 years later im not sure if the reoccurense was related but that time it went away too

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Um, im really concerned. Is there any other way than that pill to get them out of the... er ... vergina? cause if there is i need to know

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There sure is, Anonymous from 5/15...its called a blowtorch.

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"Yes, Vergina, there is a Santa Claus."

No, he won't de-worm your vagina.

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I had a problem with them once. I went to the doctor and got it all straightened out

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hi umm ive had these pinworms ever since i was a little kid. i guess i was too scared to tell my parents or just wanted to act they werent ever there so i ignored them. i was about 9 or 10 then and now im 17 and they came and went ever since then. does it mean theyve been hurting my intestines ever since i was 9?

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I have pinworms right now...don't worry anybobdy..they don't hurt, just call the doctor and tell them your problem and they will give you some medications

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Erhh....i work at walmart and i seriously dont want to go up to the pharmacist....do they have it just like on the shelf....or do you have to ask them???

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Eat one or two cigarettes, or a pinch of
Copenhagen. The nicotine will stun or kill
the worms long enough to pass them through.
Might save you the cost of a visit to the
doctor...
I got these things when I was a kid, and I
had a phobia about worms to boot. Probably
explains why I'm such a exhibit A for neurosis
to this day.

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(*Tries very hard, but eventually can't resist Googling "pinworms + tobacco + eating"*)

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i am also a teenager and also have pinworms. i dont want to go to the doctor about them because i work in the local cafe and make his sandwiches every day. (think i may loose his business if i tell him i have them!) also smeone said about getting everyone in the house to take this pill but im not telling my parents!!

I know that i should get rid of them but will they do me any harm if i dont? what i mean is can they actually harm me!!

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Wrong on SO many levels.

Um, by the way, sweetie, what's the name of the cafe where you work?

Just curious, of course.

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maybe its wrong, but i'm looking for photos.
i was using too many big words for my searches. i pared it down to "worms in my poop", and here we are.
i guess they're pinworms. i don't whether to tell my mum first, eat two cigarettes, swallow some garlic, go to the cafe for a sandwich, or buy stock in carrots. guess i could get it all from walmart, including the worms.
thanks motherload.

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That comment is kind of gross, and yet funny. Sorry, I don't think any of us have any pinworm pics to share.

God, I hope not, anyway.

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Today I went to the doctor and told him I might have pinworms.

I listed my symptoms (itching at night, white noodle-like sightings in my stool for a couple of weeks) and he said my symptoms matched pinworms and he was going to go ahead and prescribe me something (mebendazole, chewable, about $17 w/o insurance).

FOR THOSE OF YOU AFRAID TO GO TO THE DOCTOR: Be not afraid! They saw no reason to do any kind of exam or stool sample unless the medicine had no effect on my symptoms in couple weeks.

They said it was common and not a problem to get rid of. They won't look at you like a dirty freak and they won't act all awkward afterwards. Promise, I watched for it. They are there because they want to help people for a living.

Good luck, frightened ones!
(And to the others-thank you for posting your eccentric advice and tidbits, and making me feel comfortable enough with it to ask my doctor.)

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For those of you too afraid to go to a pharmacist or doctor - simply go to a pet store and purchase tablets of Mebendazole used to treat various types of worm infections in dogs. Tablets are the same 100mg size perscribed to humans.

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I'm still of the opinion that a blow torch is the quickest easiest method of dealing with this...unless you went the C-4 suppository route...

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Anonymous Coward -- 07.31.2007 -- wrote: "
For those of you too afraid to go to a pharmacist or doctor - simply go to a pet store...
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I did that; the worms went away, but now I can't stop scratching my ear with my foot.

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Well I'm going on holiday tomorrow and I don't know what to do! I ahvent got any pin-x, so will that mean ill have to cope with itching my ass whie out trying to chat up some girls in spain?
I think i'd have to jump out of the plane into the sea, than have to have little white worms laying eggs in my bum tyvm.

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Spain bound anonymous coward, take a Dremel tool with you...you'll be fine, and with the right attatchments, really popular with the ladies, and /or the guys of an alternate lifestyle...

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Hi,

I read somewhere that if you grind up a few pieces of your hair and put them in a cup of water and drink, it kills the pinworms. I did it yesterday and my butt hasn't itched since! :)

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Now, draw a pentagram in the dirt under your porch, put a candle on each point, light them, and dance naked in the moonlight.

Or the worms will come back.

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Motherload says, "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."

Does that mean that if you do have pinworms, but then you don't scratch your butt at all, that the cycle will be broken and the worms will just die off without you being re-infected?

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No. You have to disinfect your sheets, pillowcases, clothes, etc. Clean you room, and make sure any laundry you have is done is hot water, especially your undies.

Killing the eggs is the way to break the cycle, and they might end up anywhere if you've touched things in your room without washing your hands.

Good luck.


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okay... so i had pinworms since i was probably 5 and i didn know what they were and was too scared and ashamed to tell anyone
i am 21 now... finally got some medicine for it but i always have yeast infections...
and yes i am 100% sure i have pinworms now
anyone know how to cure the irritated vagina

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I took a tablet to get rid of pinworms about 6 hours ago, and I still have an itchy ass? Does it take a certain time to get rid of them?

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Depends on the tablet, AC from 8/7/2007...was it legal size? college rule? perforated or gummed? perhaps it was a stone tablet...was there some silly looking writing on it, Hebrew, perhaps...with 5 suggestions for staying on Yaweh's good side?

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Honest to God, just go to the doctor already and get your shit fixed everybody--all of it. What's the worst that can happen? You might actually get better!

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You don't want the little guys to start growing and growing. What if you really have tapeworms? They could grow to be SEVERAL FEET LONG INSIDE YOU. You don't want them to set up camp in there. It would be like having a few kids in there and they would grow up to establish a community. You might as well give them the keys to the city now if you're going to give up. They're going to have their schools and homes and grocery stores well established and will be looking for pets to play with in there when they get bored! Why not throw a few granades down your throat and scare them out. It might be a little braver and smarter than going to the doctor (yea right) however there may be more cleanup with the grenades than with the blowtorch mentioned above. Some people get a kick out of fire.

I chose to go to the doctor when I got pins and the treatment was no big deal, nobody looked at me funny, I was told it is really quite common as you can get it from your fruits or vegetables not being properly rinsed or whatever. It took a few days to work, but in the meantime after taking the pill(s) it is VERY important to follow the guidelines set above with washing everything you can on hot and cleaning your room, etc. and cleaning under your nails well, and showering every day when you get up, keeping what you just took off separate and sealed in a plastic bag until you wash it. Try to change your bedding, especially the sheets daily if possible. Keep your pets, siblings, and friends off your bed and out of your room for 6 weeks to be safe.

AND TO HAWAII: Don't mess with the vagina! If you still have irritation, from whatever after 1 day, go to the doctor. It could be a bacterial infection (not necessarily an STD, but just an imbalance of your body's ph can cause bacteria to grow more than they should and over the counter yeast infection treatments will NOT help and in fact, will make you feel more irritated after use. Do not hesitate to go if this happens! you can experience fertility problems later if you don't know what you are trying to treat and keep putting off getting help.)

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do i have to go to the doctors to get rid of worms? im really embarrased!