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Adult Pinworm Infections
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 or coco butter can sometimes help. ...Read more
Pinworms is a condition in which a person (often young children, sometimes parents of young children) has little parasites called pinworms in his large intestine and his poop. Pinworms are threadlike worms about half an inch long, causing the main symptom of butt-itching or butt-scratching in kids. Treatment is usually ...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
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
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
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