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What is it?
Threadworms and tapeworms are the usual causes of worm infections, and children are particularly affected; tapeworms are less common. Contaminated food is a source of both types of infection.

Threadworms, also known as pinworms, are one of the oldest human infections known. They commonly infect the human large intestine and cause inflammation and itching around the anus. They may be visible around it or in the faeces. At night female threadworms, emerge from the anus to lay up to 10,000 eggs aound it. If the child victim scratches his bottom, eggs adhere to his hands and under his fingernails. They may then be transferred to his mouth, and swallowed. If they reach the intestine, the eggs develop into adult worms and the cycle continues. The victim may also infect other children and family members. The infection may enter the vulva and cause a bloody vaginal discharge in girls.

Tapeworms live in the intestines of human beings and many other animals. They can grow up to 33ft (10m) long. The worms attach themselves to the inner lining of the gut by suckers and hooks, and absorb food through their whole surface. Segments full of eggs detach themselves from the worm and pass out of the body with the faeces. If the eggs are eaten by a cow or pig, they develop into cysts in its body tissues. Humans become infected by eating tapeworm cysts in raw or inadequately cooked beef or pork. Infection results in weight loss, nausea, upper abdominal discomfort, diarrhoea and irritability.

Inflammation and itching around the anus, bloody vaginal discharge, weight loss, nausea, upper abdominal discomfort, diarrhoea,irritability.
Conventional Practice:
Threadworms can be eradicated by treating the whole family with piperazine or mebendazole. Careful hygiene, including the washing of hands and scrubbing of nails before meals and after each visit to the lavatory, together with a morning bath to remove any eggs laid overnight, will help control the spread of the infection. To avoid infection with tapworm, doctors advise not to eat raw or undercoooked beef or pork. If you do become infected, a single oral dose of niclosamide will eradicate the worm.
Alternative Treatments:
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
  Herbal Medicine
  The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info

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