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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    There is no point to prophylactic treatment. Wormers have no residual action so won't prevent infection.
    This. But there's no harm in doing it if you suspect worms.

    Eta-it's also very important to keep finger nails short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosey82 View Post
    Yes sorry if I was unclear, you can buy the combination ones from the chemist too, but it's not usually necessary. Threadworm is by far the most common worm in children.
    It's not going to harm your kids to worm them 6 monthly, but many, many people worm 6 monthly "because we have pets"I would hear it at least once a week at work.
    The tablets from the chemist don't kill animal worms, only human worms. So it's probably more important to worm your animals regularly than it is to worm your children regularly.
    ETA: it's also important to change the bedding, vacuum the bedroom if there is a confirmed case of threadworm. It will prevent reinfestation.
    Yes I work in pharmacy. Many don't realise this but dogs and cats do not get threadworm so it's a misconception that you catch the threadworm from your pets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blessedwith3boys View Post
    Yes I work in pharmacy. Many don't realise this but dogs and cats do not get threadworm so it's a misconception that you catch the threadworm from your pets.
    and yet I had someone at the pharmacy tell me to worm my cats because that is why the boys and I kept getting threadworms lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemmi1987 View Post
    and yet I had someone at the pharmacy tell me to worm my cats because that is why the boys and I kept getting threadworms lol
    Human medical professionals like to get facts about zoonotic diseases wrong. The number of doctors that blame pet cats for toxo is ridiculous. You are more likely to get todo from undercooked meat.

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    I've got 3 kids and none ever had worms *knocks on wood* All been in daycare since 6 months

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought you could get round & hook worm from pets but it is rare as you have to ingest them from an infected (untreated) pet?.... Threadworm though is human specific. I ask because this is what I was taught in pharmacy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ngaiz View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought you could get round & hook worm from pets but it is rare as you have to ingest them from an infected (untreated) pet?.... Threadworm though is human specific. I ask because this is what I was taught in pharmacy.
    You can get worms from pets but as far as I know the flea tapeworm is the only one that will live in the human intestine. Roundworms cause visceral larval migrans and the hydatid tapeworm causes horrible cysts. I'm only speaking from an Australian perspective, other countries have other worms that may behave differently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    You can get worms from pets but as far as I know the flea tapeworm is the only one that will live in the human intestine. Roundworms cause visceral larval migrans and the hydatid tapeworm causes horrible cysts. I'm only speaking from an Australian perspective, other countries have other worms that may behave differently.
    Thanks. It was my understanding that threadworm can not live in an animals gut? From a pharmacy perspective, we generally only see threadworm. Round and hook are usually diagnosed by a Dr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ngaiz View Post
    Thanks. It was my understanding that threadworm can not live in an animals gut? From a pharmacy perspective, we generally only see threadworm. Round and hook are usually diagnosed by a Dr.
    Correct. Threadworms are a human thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    Correct. Threadworms are a human thing.
    Cheers. I was starting to doubt my knowledge. I will sleep soundly tonight hehe


 

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