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Greetings everyone. Sorry for the big post. I’m a 22 year old female who has been afflicted for about two months now.
I work where the only access to a toilet is a public toilet which is rarely cleaned often or well. Never having had threadworms prior to my job, I had to assume that that’s where I contracted them. When I broke out in a rash that would not budge around my perineum as well as noticing the presence of a constant itching feeling around my privates and anus and that I was waking regularly in the night, I did some research and finally noted the presence of threadworms. I swallowed my pride and told my parents (whom I live with), making sure everyone was medicated though no one but me seemed/seems to have any symptoms.
I cleaned everything I could, washing my hands and disinfecting to the point of making my hands a swollen red mess. After about five days of finding dead worms in my stool they seemed to die down. I fell sick. I took other medicine and became constipated. When I got better and my bowel movements became more regular I realised they had come back. I took a second dose of threadworm medicine combined with more cleaning, but the symptoms didn’t seem to change. I began taking the threadworm medicine at a faster pace with copious amounts of odourless garlic tablets hoping to break the cycle before it could start and for a little while they seemed to die down, but they became extremely prevalent around my vagina. Now they seem to be back in full force, around my anus, in my stool, in my vagina, possibly even in my bellybutton.
Living with my parents makes it impossible to change my bed sheets every day. With two other busy adults in the house, limited time and the workload of laundry already high from avoiding wearing possibly ‘infected’ clothing more than necessary – I wear two pairs of tight knickers daily with period pads and a fresh two nightly as well as different pairs of leggings and shirts in bed- it simply isn’t possible. Even taking them to a Laundromat is unfortunately out of the question for how far away we live. I was spraying my bed, pillows and some clothing with surface disinfectant then did so with diluted Dettol when buying brand sprays become too expensive, but research tells me this is basically pointless.
My parents have always had the belief that unless you’re dying, you don’t bother the doctor. The thought of contacting a GP over this makes me want to cry. Plus I’m aware that all they will do is ask me for a tape test, prescribe me with mebendazole (which I have probably made myself immune to) and reinforce that my cleaning isn’t enough. I can’t bear to be seen as unsanitary after the effort I’ve put myself through. I’ve always showered and or cleaned myself daily and have lately been deep cleaning carpets, wet-wiping surfaces every few hours and washing my hands even when there appears no reason to, which has lead others to believe I’m developing OCD.
Where I live pharmacies are limited (we have two, that’s all) and I’m scared to become known as the woman constantly buying threadworm tablets. We have no herbal stores. At the moment I am taking threadworm medicine as often as every two days with odourless garlic tablets every day. I tried to flush my system by eating as much fresh raw garlic as I could muster, which seemed to improve matters, but I was berated harshly for the smell given off until I couldn’t share a room even with family members. I’ve even taken to swabbing my anus and genitals with dry antibacterial hand gel every few hours in the hope that this will lessen their numbers.
Any advice anyone could give on ridding these horrible things I would appreciate highly, and if anyone could answer some of the following questions I’d be deeply grateful.
1. Is wearing the pads despite changing them regularly a hindrance to my recovery? I.e. will this only encourage the spread/propagation of worms?
2. Is it okay to use the same soap bar/shower pouf on infected areas? Are these items self-cleaning or will eggs stick to them and re-transfer?
3. Does using dry antibacterial gel work to prevent spread of threadworms?
4. Will spraying my sheets with antibacterial products make any difference given that I can’t wash them more than once every two weeks at most?
5. Can I make myself immune to threadworm vaccine? Even if I take different brands?
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