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Are Pinworms Ever Fatal
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
Are there common cases where people wouldn't have symptoms of pinworms, and how would they ever find out?
PINWORM: Gravid female worms come down at nite, lays eggs around anal skin, eggs hatch with help of oxygen, cause auto infection; also, sheded eggs from cloths contaminate others. If you think, you have been exposed and you got the worm, one test is placing tape on skin around anus so that egg (if any) get attached, then it is tested for ova. If you are scared, just take the treatment, it won't hurt. ...Read more
What are my chances of ever getting pinworms? Never had them before and I moved to fl with my mom recently and I'm 23.
Is it extremely common to breathe in pinworm eggs? Wear underwear and pyjamas in bed & don't ever scratch but still paranoid need reassurance
Eggs Are Ingested: Pinworms are transmitted by the fecal-oral route. The eggs are ingested thru handling infested feces, eggs can also live on indoor surfaces such as toys, bedding, clothing, & more for 2-3 weeks. Breathing in eggs is not a route to infection. Female worms lay eggs in anal folds causing intense itching. Treatment must be repeated in 2 wks. Hand washing & good hygiene can control spread. ...Read more
Yes & no: The transmission of pinworms requires the ingestion of pinworm eggs.These quite easily end up on the fingers of someone changing the bed linen or sharing a bed with an infected person who sheds them. They are not transmitted from blood, saliva or a sneeze, like many other agents. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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