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A 24-year-old female asked:

if i look really close should it be easy to identify pinworms in stool if they were there?

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Check For Eggs: Pinworms can be seen in stool however many people do not see them until treatment has begun and passage of dead worms begins. Worms can be seen in anal folds 2-3 hrs after sleeping however another way is to check for eggs if you suspect infection: touch anal area to sticky side of transparent tape, then take tape to doctor for microscopic exam. Collect specimens for 3 mornings before bathing.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

I have little string looking things in my stool. Could I have pinworms?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Need exam of stool: Pinworms usually produce severe itching, particularly at night, around the anus. A scotch tape test looking for the worms is the best way to diagnose this and is fairly simple. No way to know what the "string looking things" are without some tests.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are these white things worms in my stool? What are tests for pinworms?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Need exam of stool: Pinworms usually produce severe itching, particularly at night, around the anus. A scotch tape test looking for the worms is the best way to diagnose this and is fairly simple. No way to know what the "string looking things" are without some tests.
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A 31-year-old female asked:

Is there an over counter medicine that i can take that will be strong enough to kill my pinworms? I passed an earthworm thing in stool, since i have

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Pyrantel pomate is sold otc under various names like pin-rid , antiminth (pyrantel) and pin-x. When used as directed it has activity against several worm like paracites.The earthworm like thing was not a pin worm but likely ascaris.This product may help.A visit with your doc and some stool studies may be needed to sort out what problems you have.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What do pinworm in stools look like?

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Dr. Marjorie Alpert
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Very small: Pinworms look like small rolled-up pieces of toilet paper. Doctors sometimes use the "tape" test at night to diagnose them because pinworms come out at night and will get stuck to the adhesive.
A 24-year-old female asked:

ATiny bright white string in stool. Pinworm? I took mebendezanole a few weeks ago. Nothing seen otherwise. It wasn't moving, would more b seen?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Enterobius: Unlikely to present in this manner. About the only worm you are likely to see grossly in the stool would be Ascaris, and these are very large and usually quite mobile. Enterobiasis, which primarily causes itching in the anal area is seldom without symptoms.

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