Misinformation questions

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So due to confusing information on the NHS websites if threadworms live for 5-6 in the gut and then lay eggs around the anus when they reach the necessary maturity level wouldn’t that mean the anus would itch severely one night every 5/6 weeks? Rather than constantly? Because I’m going out of my mind with all this uncertainty. I’ve been learning to live with the irritation as I’ve taken so many doses of ovex now I feel uncomfortable even stepping foot in a chemist. One drop of moisture around the anus and I’m itchy so this hot weather hasn’t been amazing. All I want is to be normal again. I’ve reccently met someone amazing and I don’t want worms to ruin this for me, but I also can’t construct my life around them either. How often does everyone else feel itchy or discomfort and does it Come in cycles or intervals? Or like me, is it random, constant and present during the day aswell?

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    A constant itch can’t be worms. It could be a fungus or infection, as you said when you get sweaty it itches, as sweat is what triggers fungi . You need to go to a specialist who can test to see if you have an infection on your anus . I’m going to get one done in the holidays as I have an itch as well .
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      Thank you for your response.

      Okay, maybe “constant” was the wrong word to use, I’m just fed up. I don’t itch every minute of the day but it’s random, sometimes it’s in the early evening, at night sometimes (more often) during the day, sometimes even right after I’ve showered. But there’s no cycle or system, which I assume would be the case with worms if they only come out to lay eggs.

      Upon googling “threadworms” I keep seeing the phrase “Threadworms live for about 5-6 weeks in the gut before they die, before they die the female worms come out to lay their eggs around the anus, this tends to happen at night while you are warm and in bed.”

      That gives the impression that there is a consistency or pattern of behaviour. So as a result you should have weeks of relief  before they become active again during the birth ritual. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m crazy lol I don’t know anymore. I assume since they need to be of a certain maturity level in order to reproduce then if it were indeed worms wouldn’t I have weeks of no irritation and then one bad bout of extreme discomfort just as they’re getting ready to die? 🤔 But my bouts of itchiness are sporadic I have no clue when it’ll happen or the severity or how long it’ll last.

       I think the issue with these things is that all the horror stories would have u believe that if there’s any kind of sensation in the evening or at night then you definitely have threadworms, but surely it can just be a coincidence? But now my mind is hardwired to automatically assume I have them if I happen to feel any discomfort in the evenings.

      Only thing with fungal infections is that I assume there would be some physical evidence of that, my anus looks perfectly normal, had multiple examinations and dr says everything looks fine. Ive had a look myself and there are no visible signs of an issue. Infections or exema related issues seem to have physical symptoms but I have none of that,

      Just want to know for certain what my issue is, won’t be able to cure the issue if I don’t know the cause. Long road ahead I guess. 

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      Threadworms do have a cycle . I remember I would have 1 month of complete no itchyness then one night I would feel them in and around my anus literally moving . I just finished full treatment to gerbil didn’t of threadworms and I don’t feel itchy anymore . Hopefully it stays that way.
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      There could  literally be  SO many reasons to why someones butt could itch, so instantly blaming worms could be manually draining. To be safe, go to doctors to test whether u do have worms.
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    did baby powder not work for you? i read some where it kills the eggs let me know how they reacted to it
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      The baby power definitely provides relief, whenever I feel any discomfort I do apply some Johnson’s and I feel better, I only apply when I’m itching so I might just do it everyday and see what happens. Got nothing to loose really. But I’d definitely recommend having a small bottle on you at all times just in case. Even if it’s an issue of moisture the BP with help that almost instantly. 
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    ive had them for over a year and scared to have any kind of relationship with anyone im no expert just what ive found out since ive started reading about them once the eggs hatch they take two weeks to sexual mature and can lay eggs at this point they live for upto six weeks before dying this gives them an adult life span of 4 weeks that they can produce eggs its unlikely that the itching would be only one night every six weeks the itching is usually nightly and sometimes in the day during periods of inactivity this is becouse the females will lay eggs at different times not all together ovex (menbendazole) hasent worked for me either im now exploring other avenues of treatment there are other drugs out there depending what country you live in hang in there im sure there is ways of curing them i just haven't found it yet 

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      Hi there , the 4 week window actually makes sense now I think about it, I think without seeing a worm writhing in front of you it’s very difficult to know whether itching is actually down to threadworms or not especially if Ovex isn’t making a difference. I had a couple weeks where I was feeling pretty low due to something unrelated and as my mind was focused on other things I didn’t notice any itching or anything like that, worms didn’t even cross my mind.  I haven’t actually seen anything that proves worms so I can’t even say 100% that I have  them, my mum and doctors are convinced I don’t have them based on what I’ve told them but I’m not sure what’s worse, knowing for definite or uncertainties.

      But In terms of relationships I understand the fear,  knowing you have them undoubtedly will make you want to stay away from people and not get too close as it’s embarrassing to have to tell them or know you’ve passed it on and see symptoms on them. Because it’s never just an issue with the two of you, families have to get treated aswell. I had that issue before where I drove an ex away with my paranoia. Nor her or any of her family members showed any symptoms, they were treated multiple times, everyone else was fine, my family also fine, my housemates also fine. (Also treated by me) Yet I was still struggling, since they’re thought to be super contagious and I seem to be the only person complaining it gave me leverage to give myself days where I could tell myself “Maybe it’s not even worms” 

      “It’s probably not even worms.”

      “It’s not worms” and then right back to  “What else could it be though?” “Maybe it is worms” “It probably IS worms” 

      It’s a cycle in the mind also. 

      That’s the only thing that’s managed to allow me to live my life tbh. It can be hard to be rational with something like this. I’ve had days where I’ve asked myself if life is even worth living anymore, but I haven’t felt like that in a while luckily.

      If you happen to meet someone and you think it could be something special I wouldn’t let this stop you from getting to know them. 

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    I’ve just had my blood test results in and it showed no parasites inside my body I’m so happy. I asked the doctor how a blood test shows parasites and he said that , when you get a parasite , your body sees it as something harmful and sends white blood cells to attack it. If someone is infested with parasites , their white blood cells can be higher than normal. My white blood cells were very normal amount.However having a high amount of white blood cells can be for many other reasons too other then parasites like if your body is actually fighting some disease . This made me realise that to help in getting Rid of parasites and generally preventing hem from becoming a lot you need to have a strong immune system .
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      I remember when I was younger and still now ,my mum gives me a lot of vitamin C which is also known for fighting pinworms and is generally good for health and skin, etc. The doctor I was talking to was very good, and told me not to over wash . Yes hygiene is very important , but she saw people wash bed linens and covers every daywhich is useless .At the first week of treatment wash every 3 days, then again but only once a week. You can wash once a week again but after that once a month or whenever you want. 
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      Amazing! I’m so pleased for you. If it’s as easy as doing a standard blood test I’m not sure why they bother wasting time with false negatives using such menial methods such as cellotape and stool samples x3. Or just prescribing Ovex by the bucketload. I may go into my GP and get this confirmed even though I don’t actually think I have them either but with that kind of itching you can’t rule them out entirely without being tested. Thank you so much for asking him how the two correlate, hopefully other people will see this and do the same as I feel there is probably a large number of people here who don’t actually have worms but have a persistent itch. Which, if we’re being realistic can be caused by a lot of things like constipation which I suffer with myself. Or even something as basic as sweat 
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