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Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
See a doctor: There are a variety of causes so your best bet is to seea gastroenterologist for evaluation and treatment.

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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Not as common: Although, pinworm infestation is more common than infestation with other parasites, it is not a common disease overall. I have to say in a lot of case ... Read More
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Dr. Kelly Kane
24 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: More infection in those 18 and younger. Hand washing is helpful in prevention.
Dr. Kenneth Smith
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Unwashed fruit most likely cause see three four cases per year.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brittany Chan
9 years experience Pediatrics
None or itching: Many people with pinworms show no symptoms. If they do, the most common symptom is itching around the anal area, especially at night. In more severe c ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Pinworm symptoms: Pinworm symptoms can include gastrointestinal upset, anal or vaginal itchiness, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, irritability, restlessness. Unt ... Read More
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A 13-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Mucous debris: The pinworm is quite happy to live up the mucous debris left in the colon after most nutrients are extracted by the small intestines.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Ingested: U get pin worms by putting egg contaminated fingers in the mouth.The eggs travel through, hatch & begin to live in your large intestines.Living pw's c ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Ingesting the eggs: Pin worm eggs are found in the bedding of affected infants & toddlers, shed into their clothing from the skin around their anus where the adult worm ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Indu Lal
Dr. Indu Lal answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Pinworm eggs: Pin worms spread because the carrier spreads eggs thru bed sheets, furniture, eggs in hands and nails and serving food.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kneece
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Yes: More common in children but yes anyone can get pinworms
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Fine
30 years experience Infectious Disease
No, but other worms: Pinworms only can come from other people. Other types or worms like "roundworms" can be contracted from pets, but it is pretty rare.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shalabh Bansal
12 years experience Pediatrics
Pinworms: Pinworms (enterobius) is treated with Mebendazole (or albendazole). Please see your pediatrician.

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