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View Poll Results: Do you worm your family & yourself?
Yes regulary 7 11.48%
Every now and then 31 50.82%
No way 8 13.11%
hmm hadnt though about it 15 24.59%
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Old 4th June 2008, 09:46 PM   #1
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yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

Ok gross topic I know.. but after reading the post about worms by Muletide, it got me thinking about all the worms and eggs that may be around the farm. Could the kids (and adults) easily get worms? What type of worms are transferable to humans?

For example, the other day, I saw a tapeworm worm wriggling on the cats fur (..must have crawled up from him his backside but still very alive...ewwyuck.) even though we do have a strict worming regime with all our animals big and small.

Anyway out came the worming tablets next day for my family ... myself, hubby, preschool son and school daughter (and cats).

We dont regualry worm ourselves but wondering if we should, after all we do the animals religiously ...

So does everyone worm themselves on a regular basis, or just whenever or not at all ?
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Old 4th June 2008, 09:59 PM   #2
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

Do tape worms wriggle? I thought they just hooked on and fed.
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Old 4th June 2008, 10:40 PM   #3
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

My mother used to worm the whole family annually at the beginning of the then May school holidays. I did the same with my children but must admit I haven't thought about it in a while. Maybe that is why I am always hungry! Yep - that is now on the list given the number of lizard kisses I get from my dog.
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Old 5th June 2008, 06:30 AM   #4
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

After seeing what comes out of various animals after worming, I'm too afraid to worm myself... imagine seeing something like that in the loo!
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Old 5th June 2008, 06:34 AM   #5
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

When your son comes out of loo saying "There are crawly things on my poo!" then its time to worm every one. We do once or twice a year. That was in town, no we are in the country we may do it every 3-4 months.
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Old 5th June 2008, 07:48 AM   #6
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

how do we get those worms?
With the food??? with the water???
I had no idea that we can get worms at all...why???
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Old 5th June 2008, 07:49 AM   #7
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

My mother always wormed us kids as well and I have just continued on doing so. I do it twice yearly..
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Old 5th June 2008, 07:50 AM   #8
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

Handling animals and animal stuff and picking up their worms that way

Got as far as buying the tablets one year but chickened out
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Old 5th June 2008, 08:00 AM   #9
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

It is one of those, if I ignore "it","it" will go away subjects.
Since having kids we have done the worm tablet thing.
Kaumea, there a few worms that we can pick up from animals and some that are only human ones.
Can't remember, ( will try to ), but there was an interesting study/article about how we need a few of these things to keep us healthy ( they are trialing a particular one, for treatment of some disease/ailment in humans) and like animals can live quite happily with a few "tenants'.
Hahahaha, I can imagine some of you sitting there squerming around on ya seats...........

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Old 5th June 2008, 08:01 AM   #10
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

there is an interesting theory that was topical a while back, all to do with worms and asthma. it went something along the lines of worms produce some sort of chermical that suppresses our immune system to stop our bodies getting rid of them. these chemicals also reduced our reactiivity to some allergens. now that we live in an increasing sterile environment,(anti bacterial soap, worming tablets, pasturised milk etc), we arent infested as we were when the human species was evolving, so we dont have these suppressing chemicals in our systems to the same degree, and that could be one of the reasons why asthma etc seems so prevalent these days. think about the beneficial bacteria in our system, why couldnt worms also be beneficial. disgusting thought i know, but seems to make sense
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Old 5th June 2008, 08:03 AM   #11
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

That might be what I was thinking of MC.
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Old 5th June 2008, 08:10 AM   #12
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

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Can't remember, ( will try to ), but there was an interesting study/article about how we need a few of these things to keep us healthy ( they are trialing a particular one, for treatment of some disease/ailment in humans) . [:0
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It's for people suffering from Crohn's disease.
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Old 5th June 2008, 08:13 AM   #13
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

then you take tablets only if you see those worms?
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Old 5th June 2008, 08:22 AM   #14
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

Shouldn't you be having FECs done first??
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

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then you take tablets only if you see those worms?
They used to say if you have kids and they are always itching their butts then perhaps they have worms.
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Old 5th June 2008, 08:29 AM   #16
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

That is usually a good indication. If they are itching their bottoms get a torch and check their bottom at night, the worms come out at night to lay their eggs.
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

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That is usually a good indication. If they are itching their bottoms get a torch and check their bottom at night, the worms come out at night to lay their eggs.
MM have you ever performed that task? If so did the person "Co-operate" or did you tell them to lay back and think of England.?
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Old 5th June 2008, 09:27 AM   #18
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

There aren't many worms from animals that will infect humans - none that I can think of that get into your gut and grow into worms. the worms that live out a normal lifecycle in humans are human specific worms (not from animals)

Some animal worms can cause problems in humans - the cat and dog "Toxocara" worms can infect humans and once ingested migrate through the organs and also have a predisposition of finding the eyes/optic nerve. This infection and migration is referred to as "visceral larval migrans"and "ocular larval migrans". Infection is from faecal material going in the oral route of humans!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxocariasis
http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic2293.htm

Other worms that can be an issue in humans is hookworm - they do the "cutaneous larval migrans" thing by burrowing in through the skin and whizzing around a bit. This is usually a problem in parts of the worls where animals are pooping around where people are walking with bare feet, ie, they get in via the skin

How I handle worms. I worm my household pets regularly - none of those alternative medicines i want the stuff that works (don't particulalrly like the idea of that visceral larval migrans in me let alone my wee babes!). I am pedantic about human hygiene and pets - the children are always taught to wash hands before eating and after handling the pets. I wear gloves in the garden. We cover the sandpit.
Human worming - do as required - ie, waking at night, itchy bottoms etc (haven't had an issue yet). I also tend to worm the humans if we have been overseas where food preparation is probably not as hygienic etc.

a good overall summary in this link
http://www.wormtreatment.com/worm/pets/
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MM have you ever performed that task? If so did the person "Co-operate" or did you tell them to lay back and think of England.?

Once! Best to do it while they sleep!

Have you not seen the packets of worming tablets in the shops with a free torch??? I kid you not!
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

More to the point - do you worm your household pets regularly (should be in the survey). I am gobsmacked how few people do - and it stuns me to see families with young kids not dealing with hygiene issues and not worming their pets.
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Old 5th June 2008, 09:46 AM   #21
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

Yep, always worms dogs and cats, I'm very hot on that. I have damage to one eye due to Toxicara canis, so pretty paranoid!
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Old 5th June 2008, 12:28 PM   #22
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

For those who are about to worm themselves and families,there are now chocolate tablets shaped like a small cube of choc. And I hear they taste pretty good too. So why not do it and don't even worry about the torch thing!!
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For those who are about to worm themselves and families,there are now chocolate tablets shaped like a small cube of choc. And I hear they taste pretty good too. So why not do it and don't even worry about the torch thing!!
The choccy ones are a birthday treat in our house.... its the only way I can remember when I have done it the previous year....

Funny to come across people who have never heard of human worming. Mum was always onto it with us, but the SOH had never heard of it before meeting me.
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Old 5th June 2008, 04:33 PM   #24
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Re: yucky topic but do you take worming tablets?

Your SOH is not alone there as one of my daughter's boyfriends was always itching his bum so I asked him if he had been wormed. He had no idea and on asking his Mum, the answer was no so guess what... I had had enough of watching "itchy bum".
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Your SOH is not alone there as one of my daughter's boyfriends was always itching his bum so I asked him if he had been wormed. He had no idea and on asking his Mum, the answer was no so guess what... I had had enough of watching "itchy bum".
Is he still "dating" your Daughter Didi?
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