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I and my child wash our hands regularly, is there anything else i can do to prevent pinworm?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
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.
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Trim nails: The eggs are often transmitted from under the nail beds, so keeping them short can decrease transmission.

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