Common Worm Infections


Threadworm-also known as pinworm is the most common type of worm infestation in Australia. 
An adult threadworm may produce up to 20,000 eggs, and the eggs are not visible to the naked eye. Eggs can be transmitted easily, person to person and often there are no symptoms.

Symptoms of infection include:

  • itchy bottom
  • irritability
  • trouble sleeping
  • lack of appetite

Threadworms are easy to treat with over the counter medicines available in the Pharmacy. Self care procedures include washing (in hot water) and tumble drying bed linen and towels. Look for signs of re-infection in 30-40 days, and take another dose of medicine if needed.



This worm is found in Asia and Africa. Infection occurs from walking bare foot on soil, contaminated with human faeces. Roundworm infection is becoming more common, as we holiday more often in Asia. It is not passed from person to person like threadworm. The larvae burrow into the skin and end up as adults, in the gut. Often there are no symptoms of infection. 

Symptoms can include:

  • rash-particularly a raised red area, similar to a scar
  • diarrhoea
  • abdominal pain
  • iron deficiency

Come and see Chris or Damian in the Pharmacy if you have any queries. We can provide over the counter medicine or refer to a Doctor.

Other less common worm infections include Roundworm and Tapeworm. There are also worms from parts of Asia and Africa, that can erupt through the skin as part of their life cycle.

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