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If you stop biting your nails can you prevent threadworms?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Threadworm/pinworm: The threadwork/pinworm is a human only parasite that usually inhabits the lower intestines. The adult worm crawls out the folds of the anus & lays eggs in a glue like substance that triggers itching.That itching easily disburses the eggs within bed linen or clothing where it can contaminate fingers & be re-introduced to the mouth. Any contact of contaminated fingers with the mouth can recycle it.
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