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Adult Pinworm Infections
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Anal itching: Itching in the anal area.Get a more detailed answer ›
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. ...Read more
I have a bad pinworm infection and the tablet I took doesn't seem to work so is there an alternative?
??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. ...Read more
Hi I have a very severe pinworm infection and have been treated by my dr also been doing home remedies. Why has nothing worked?
Pinworm re-infection: is common, and total eradication can be hard at times, all family members may need to be treated, and successful eradication may necessitate more measures as taking medicine courses repeatedly 3 times, 3 weeks apart for all of them. Community hygiene measures too may need to be applied, your doctor can refer you to an infectious diseases specialist for consultation, good luck ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doubtful: Pinworms are a type of nematode or simply a worm. Usually quite treatable with a medicine called mebendazole. Some of the antifungals also end in azole such as ketoconazole, but are different types of medication and not likely to be effective. Mebendazole is usually taken as one pill, one dose, one time. Pretty neat really. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not safe: Ingestion of herbs, foods, chemicals or other substances that could and would kill worms would also likely be very unhealthy and potentially dangerous to the host. Oral medications available through your doctor's office are safe, simple, effective and easy to use. ...Read more
I keep getting pinworms every 2 years from September-October. I usually find 1 and it's dead. I had a bad infection of them many years ago. Y is this?
See doctor: All of these can be treated. Please see your doctor for an exam to confirm the diagnoses, then take the medication prescribed and carry out the care prescribed with precision. ...Read more
How persistant can a pinworm infection be? I have taken two dosages of Vermox in 15 days and still I don't feel any better
If treatment fails: It may be a wrong diagnosis. Many assume this when they have an itchy bottom. It does produce an allergic rash when the worm lays eggs at the bottom, but other things do too. Food allergies, group A strep infections, yeast infections, neurodermatitis, all have the same symptoms.If you have not had your problem verified, I would.You may be wasting your efforts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Took 2 doses of Vermox to clear up pinworm infection, it didn't work, should I retake it in larger dosage, if so what dosage would your sugest?
Didn't work how?: If it cured and then recurred, it is likely a reinfection, and higher dosage would not work. ...Read more
Your doctor can: It would be very difficult for one to self evaluate and come to a reliable conclusion as to the cause of symptoms as a physical examination and possibly laboratory tests would likely be needed for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more
1 now repeat in a wk: As above.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can people have persistent pinworm infection even when taking meds regularly at two week intervals & good hygiene, white bits in stool won't go?
Re-Infection Common: Persistent infection is common with pinworms and is commonly due to re-infection. In addition to re-treatment, do the following: Change underclothes and bed sheets, bathe in the mornings, wash hands/clean nails before handling food, keep fingernails short, avoid nail biting, avoid scratching perianal area, and all household members should be treated as a group. Follow closely with your doctor. ...Read more