By Bjarne Lühr Hansen PhD, MD and Philipp Skafte-Holm MD, Mentor Institute
Threadworm often does not give any discomfort beyond an itching near the rectum. The threadworms looks like 1-2 cm long with “sewing threads”. You should treat the whole family.
Most families with young children have experienced threadworms. The worms lives in the rectum and moves down to the opening of the rectum to lay their eggs.
Threadworm may concern you but it is a relatively harmless disease. Normally, threadworms does not give any discomfort – apart from the thought of having worms in the intestine.
The disease is most common with children, but can also appear amongst adults. It has often spread to the whole family, when discovered.
The only complaint regarding threadworm is an itching around the rectum but most children and adults do not feel any discomfort. The parents or the child often discovers the disease when they see the worms. The worms are 1-2 cm long and white – they look like small pieces of white sewing thread. You see the worms around the rectum or in the stools.