A 31-year-old member asked:
i and my child wash our hands regularly, is there anything else i can do to prevent pinworm?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Kenneth Cheng answered
30 years experience Family Medicine
Break the life cycle: The life cycle of a pinworm infection is as follows: the pinworm comes out at night and lays eggs around the anus. This causes itching, causing us to scratch and get the eggs under our fingernails. We ingest the eggs (by biting our nails, sucking our fingers, eating, etc.) and the eggs hatch in our intestines and start the cycle again. Washing, not touching our mouth and not itching prevents this.
Answered on Jan 3, 2012
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