Worms in the digestive system can occur in the cleanest homes and are quite common in young children who usually contract them at school. There are three main types: threadworms, roundworms and tapeworms.
What to look for
Threadworms are by far the most usual. These tiny worms live in the large intestine. They cause inflammation and extreme itching around the anus for both sexes, and sometimes the vagina for girls.
Scratching means eggs are transferred to the fingers, and then to objects where other children pick them up. Worms can also be acquired from infected/undercooked meat or contaminated soil.
Garlic, carrots and pumpkin seeds can help clear the infection. A therapist will advise to keep fingernails short and well-scrubbed and to change towels often.
When to seek further professional advice
If you think you or your child has got worms you should consult your doctor so that he may treat the problem effectively.
Homeopathy: Threadworms can be treated homeopathically by remedies such as cina, teucrium and santoninum.
Other therapies include: Western Herbalism, Ayuervedic medicine and metamorphic technique.
There are ointments to soothe the anal itching from pinworms, and de-worming drugs are also available.
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