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Are pinworms ever fatal?

Are pinworms ever fatal?

Uncomfortable only: No, uncomfortable with itching especially at night, but not fatal. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Pinworms (Definition)

Small parasitic worms that are found in the gastrointestinal tract. The worms lay eggs at night in and around the anus causing a characteristic itching. They are commonly found in children. Children are infected ...Read more


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Are there any pinworm die off symptoms?

Are there any pinworm die off symptoms?

Don't understand qs.: Pinworms die if the anal-oral cycle is broken--meaning if you do not itch and then put your fingers in your mouth. Wash your hands and be careful. There are very safe medications to treat them too. Talk to your dr. ...Read more

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Which medication is used to treat pinworm?

Which medication is used to treat pinworm?

Pin-X: Over the counter medication that should adequately treat pinworms. Just be sure to follow the instructions and repeat the dose in 10-14 days. ...Read more

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What will happen if you don't treat pinworm?

What will happen if you don't treat pinworm?

Itching: Especially at night, will continue. They can migrate into the vagina and urethra laying eggs there and leading to itching in one or both locations. See this video
https://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=PrUlhufWlIA ...Read more

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What will happen if you don't treat pinworm?

What will happen if you don't treat pinworm?

Annoying symptoms: Pinworm infestation causes the annoying symptoms of rectal itching, usually at night, and if not treated, one keeps reinfecting oneself by scratching and ingesting the eggs that were deposited when the worms come out at night to lay eggs. An uncommon complication happens if the worms get stuck in the appendix, leading to acute appendicitis that would need surgery to remove the appendix. ...Read more

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How can pinworm be resistant to mebendezanole?

Resistance unlikely: Mebendazole is the drug of choice for pinworm and is taken as single dose of 100 mg orally. It should work well for pinworm infection. Resistance to this drug is not known. Mebendazole dose may be repeated after 2 weeks or so, if needed. Consult your doctor if you feel you still have pinworms. ...Read more

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Can pinworm be transmitted from person to person?

Can pinworm be transmitted from person to person?

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 more

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Symptoms of pinworms?

Symptoms of pinworms?

None or itching: Many people with pinworms show no symptoms. If they do, the most common symptom is itching around the anal area, especially at night. In more severe cases, there can be nausea, vomiting, and belly pain. ...Read more

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What could cause pinworms?

What could cause pinworms?

Ingesting the eggs: Pin worm eggs are found in the bedding of affected infants & toddlers, shed into their clothing from the skin around their anus where the adult worm lays them. The eggs are laid in a glue like substance that irritates the skin, so the kids are often scratching the area & dispersing the eggs. If the kid or others touch their mouth with contaminated fingers, they get a dose of eggs & start over. ...Read more

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How to know if I have pinworms?

How to know if I have pinworms?

PInworm: You got to check your stool for a stool exam called "O and P" check with your doctor it can spread to other family members ...Read more

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Is there medication for pinworms?

Yes: There is at least one over the counter preparation and a prescription chew able tablet in the us. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pinworms?

What are the symptoms of pinworms?

Itching: Most common symptom is itching around the anus worst at night when the female worms lay eggs. The worms can sometimes move to vagina or urinary tract causing itching and irritation in this area as well. ...Read more

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What is done for pinworms infestations?

What is done for pinworms infestations?

Poison the worms: There are a variety of agents that can kill off the pin worms. Probably the most common one used in the us is mabendazole (vermox) that comes in a chewable tablet. A single dose will often do the job although I usually have it repeated in a week. There are otc products that will work. An effort to eliminate stray eggs left in the bedding can prevent re-infestation. ...Read more

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What is the cause of pinworms in adults?

Eggs: Infection is transmitted through the consumption of pinworm eggs. ...Read more

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Why would a patient need a pinworm slide?

Proper diagnosis: There are more than a dozen things that could trigger perianal itching & a PW slide test can help rule in or out this possibility. PW eggs are often attached to the perianal skin and can be pulled off by tape which is applied to the slide & then examined under a microscope. Some assume all such itching is worms and self treat multiple times. Treatment won't work if you treat the wrong thing. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pinworms helpppppppppp?

What to do if I have pinworms helpppppppppp?

Depends: There are over the counter preparations that can remove this or you can have your doc send out some prescription meds. Hygiene using local emollients to deal with any anal irritation can increase comfort in the short term. ...Read more

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I'm 4 w prag., I have pinworms, what to do????

You can be treated: Doctors like to be very careful during pregnancy- especially the 1st trimester, so your MD may suggest putting up with things for awhile. Pyrvinium has been used for treatment during early pregnancy and the more commonly used vermox (mebenazole) during later pregnancy. Generally the whole family is treated for the pinworms at the same time to stop reinfection. Talk to your OB. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have pinworms or am I just worrying too much?

A pain in the bottom: The best way to determine if you have pinworm is to check the person's anal area after they have been asleep for at least an hour. Pinworm come to the surface at night when the body is at rest. If you see white worms at the anus or if you see white worms in the stool those are signs of pinworm. You should consult your doctor if you think you have pinworm. ...Read more

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Are pinworms contagious?

Agree w Dr. Essers: In addition to not washing hands after using the toilet, the pinworm can be spread through bed linens. Ensure that all family members are treated. Wash bed linens, recently worn clothing, upholstered furniture and carpeting. ...Read more

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Can pinworms affect fertility?

No: But cause a lot of bothersome itching and are very contagious if you scratch and do not wash hands and scrub under nails. They come out at night and deposit eggs. When you scratch and don't have good hygeine the touch something eggs ate deposited. Someone else touches it the puts hands in mouth and the get the pin worms. The cycle continues. There are prescription medications to cure them. ...Read more

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Is albendazole necessary for pinworm?

Confusing question: It is an effective treatment, among others. If you or the patient is asymptomatic, treatment is not absolutely required. Some patients will clear this naturally, but chronic carriage is common. ...Read more

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Can pinworms enter my nervous system?

No: These creatures are only happy in the intestines, the large intestine for the most part. There are recorded instances where they worked their way into the gall bladder and liver but that is rare. There are no access points for the worm to enter your nervous system. ...Read more

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How do pinworms come out of your skin?

How do pinworms come out of your skin?

NO: Pin worms don't come out of skin they come out of stools. ...Read more

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Can pinworms cause a dry feeling anus?

Can pinworms cause a dry feeling anus?

Possibly: The fertile female pin worm exits the anus during quiet periods to lay their eggs in a sticky glue-like mucous. Many develop a itchy rash in reaction to this glue. The itchiness is helpful in dispersing the dried eggs. A non-specific irritant dermatitis is part of this cycle of life for pin worms. ...Read more

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What can I do to help prevent pinworms?

What can I do to help prevent pinworms?

Wash your hands. ..: A lot. Wash your hands before you eat or make food, after you go to the bathroom or change a diaper.
Keep your fingernails clean and cut short. No fingernail-biting.
Don't eat in the bathroom.
Change your underpants every day.
Don't scratch your butt.
Good luck! ...Read more

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Can pinworms be passed through kissing?

Unlikely to happen: You could acquire some eggs on your hands from contaminated bed sheets or under ware & then transfer to your face & lips, but that takes a lot of ifs to happen. Pw's are not passed like a virus or sore throat but do require exposure to the shed eggs of an infected person. ...Read more

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Can pinworm by caught from my toothbrush?

Probably not: Pin worms are contracted from anal to oral transmission of the eggs of the pinworm laid at the opening of the anus. They are not in the oral cavity per se. I would find it very difficult for this to happen. ...Read more

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Can you transmit pinworms through kissing?

Yes, but remember...: One can catch pinworms through kissing, but remember that pinworms are transmitted by a fecal-oral route. That means pinworm eggs hang around one's anus, or wherever traces of poop might end up. So, to transmit pinworms by kissing, some of the kissing probably has to be located "south of the belly button", or on unwashed hands. ...Read more

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How to treat pinworms as fast as possible?

Pinworms: Your doctor can furnish a prescription for you which is very effective. ...Read more

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Is there any type of treatment for pinworm?

Pinworms: This is a very common parasitic infection. There are antiparasitic medications to treat this ailment. Sometimes, it is best if everyone in the household is treated at the same time. You should seek help from your physician. ...Read more

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What can I do?! my 4 year old has pinworms?

Pinworm: The medications used for treatment are mebendazole, pyrantel pamoate, and albendazole. All 3of these drugs are to be given in 1 dose at first and then another single dose 2 weeks later. Pyrantel pamoate is available without prescription. The second dose is to prevent re-infection by adult worms that hatch from any eggs not killed by the first treatment (since the medicine doesn't kill eggs). ...Read more

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What can be done for a teenager with pinworms?

Pinworms: Pinworms (enterobius) is treated with Mebendazole (or albendazole). Please see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What is the quickest way to get rid of pinworm?

OTC or Prescription: If it wasn't for the itch & the difficulty these kids have trying to sleep, we wouldn't need to treat this at all. Short term help using a cold wash to remove the irritating oil the eggs are laid in & soothing creams can help baby rest. The otc med &/or the chew able Vermox tablet will take a few days to work through the system & eliminated the pw's. ...Read more

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Can I go buy pinworm treatment if I'm under 16?

Yes: If you have pinworms, don't fret, they are actually quite commonly seen in practice. There are both prescription and non-prescription options available to treat pinworms. You can visit your local pharmacy and discuss with your pharmacist. You should be able to buy an otc. Preventing reinfection is also quite important, including frequent handwashing, and routine washing of clothing and bedding. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stop my pinworms itching?

Can you tell me how to stop my pinworms itching?

Pinworm Treatments.: Pinworm treatments include anthelmintic medications like Albendazole (Albenza), Mebendazole (vermox) or pyrantel (Pin-X, Antiminth). Good handwashing is important. Emollients can be used for anal itching. Wash clothing that has been worn recently, bed linens, upholstery and carpeting. All family members should be treated. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

Pinworm infestation causes itching around anus and less ...Read more