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Should I be worried about Pinworms

A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 29 years experience
No: Pin worms are very easily treated. If you feel you have them, see your doctor for the treatment.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Possibly: Pinworms is the most common worm infection in the us -- and school-age kids are the ones who most commonly get it. They unknowingly touch the eggs, p... Read More

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 36 years experience
No: No, pinworms are very common. Many people don't even know they have them. If your doctor has found them on a tape test then you have them. Follow your... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 26 years experience
That's a long time!: If you feel that your infection has cleared, there should be no reason to continue taking the medication unless your doctor advised you otherwise. Th... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cindy Williams
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Pinworms : This is a very thorough explanation of everything you need to know about pinworms. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/pinworm/gen_info/faqs.html
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ratna Dhingra
Pediatrics 45 years experience
Dont understand qs.: Pinworms die if the anal-oral cycle is broken--meaning if you do not itch and then put your fingers in your mouth.wash your hands and be careful.there... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Pinworm is prevalent in usa and europe, but can be seen in both temperate and tropical climates.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Pin-X: Over the counter medication that should adequately treat pinworms. Just be sure to follow the instructions and repeat the dose in 10-14 days.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Krishna Anand
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Resistance unlikely: Mebendazole is the drug of choice for pinworm and is taken as single dose of 100 mg orally . It should work well for pinworm infection .Resistance to ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes & no: The transmission of pinworms requires the ingestion of pinworm eggs.These quite easily end up on the fingers of someone changing the bed linen or shar... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brittany Chan
Dr. Brittany Chananswered
Pediatrics 11 years experience
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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