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how long does a pinworm infection last?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Until treatment over: Pinworm infestations will cease after proper treatment which takes about two weeks time.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if I have a pinworm infection?

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Dr. Shalabh Bansal
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Symptoms...: Pinworms usually cause difficulty sleeping due to itching, severe itching around anus, peri-anal inflammation from scratching, vaginal area itchiness in females.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How do you confirm the diagnosis of pinworm infection?

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Dr. Samuel Freedman
Pediatrics 9 years experience
Pinworms: There is a test called a tape test. Basically scotch tape- like paper is applied to the rectum in middle of night and sent to a lab to examine. This will confirm the infection.
A 47-year-old member asked:

I have a bad pinworm infection and the tablet I took doesn't seem to work so is there an alternative?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
??doesn't work??: Pinworms are often treated with a worm toxin & it is often given in two doses a week apart to increase effectiveness. The symptoms of anal itching can outlast the death of the worm. As the worm lays eggs in your anal crack, the glue that holds them in place sets up a reaction that causes itching. You can have irritant rxn left after the worms are gone.Cortizone (hydrocortisone) or coco butter can sometimes help.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of a severe pinworm infection?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Anal itching: Itching in the anal area.

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