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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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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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How does a person get pinworms?

How does a person get pinworms?

Ingested: U get pin worms by putting egg contaminated fingers in the mouth.The eggs travel through, hatch & begin to live in your large intestines.Living pw's crawl out your anus &lay eggs.If you get an allergic rxn to the glue like stuff the eggs are laid in, it will itch a lot. Rx is so simple & free of side effects many just treat on suspicion. Otc pin worm med is available or an rx pill can be called in. ...Read more

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Hi there. By looking at poop can a lay person tell with they have pinworms or a tapeworms?

Hi there.  By looking at poop can a lay person tell with they have pinworms or a tapeworms?

You might be able to: Pinworm is about 1 cm in length and you might be able to see it. Tapeworm is very long usually and what you might see in the stool is its part of the body or the egg in the stool (looks like whitish seed) ...Read more

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Does pinworm commonly occur in the us?

Does pinworm commonly occur in the us?

Not as common: Although, pinworm infestation is more common than infestation with other parasites, it is not a common disease overall. I have to say in a lot of cases it may be asymptomatic and not dignosed for a while. ...Read more

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How does a child normally get pinworm?

Pinworm: The pinworm migrate in the rectum as they mature, then released their eggs usually at 10 pm in the evening and the eggs or ova are excreted in gthe anus, this caused sevee itching, the child scratch his anus and the ova cling to the finger or finger nail and the child put his fingers in his mouth and swallow those eggs and the cycle repeat itself. ...Read more

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Are there any pinworm die off symptoms?

Are there any pinworm die off symptoms?

Dont 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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Are there home remedies to treat pinworm?

Are there home remedies to treat pinworm?

Not in the U.S.: Vermox is the medication for pinworms. In the U.S., vermox is by prescription only. I have heard that in some other countries, pinworm medication is over-the-counter. ...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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Are there people more susceptible to pinworm?

Poor hygine: Since pinworms spread by direct contact with the eggs., poor hygiene and crowded living condition predisposes to infestation. ...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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How fast does it take for a pinworm to go away?

How fast does it take for a pinworm to go away?

Few days: Once you take medication they generally die off quickly. Sometimes people notice the worms in their stool as the body clears itself. Occasionally you have to take the repeat dose two weeks later to get any stragglers.... ...Read more

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Is a 4 month to young to give pinworm medicine?

Is a 4 month to young to give pinworm medicine?

I wouldn't: There is limited or no studies in treatment this young with available prescribed or otc preparations.Most apply to kids over 2 yo. I would question whether any infant at 4 months would actually have pin worms.I have never seen it that young in 30+ years of practice. ...Read more

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My child is scratching his butt, is that a sure sign of pinworm?

My child is scratching his butt, is that a sure sign of pinworm?

No: But it could be.Look for the worms, coming out at nite.They look like little moving white threads.A stool sample to the lab would accurately identify them.Scratching there also comes from irritaion caused by reactions to t.P., poor hygiene etc. ...Read more

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Can Reece's Pinworm medication be taken weekly instead of every 2 weeks?

Follow directions: Directions are there because the medicine works optimally when done that way. I don't know what medication you're child is on but changing the directions will lessen the killing impact. ...Read more

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What will happen if i take a pinworm medication if i don't actually have it?

You will not...: ...Kill the pinworms you do not have. A single dose of the pinworm medication typically prescribed will usually not have significant side effects, whether you have pinworms or not. ...Read more

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What happens if my family refuses to take pinworm medication even though I have it....

Their problem: You have given them a chance to avoid the symptoms they may develop if infested, after that, its their choice.Some shed this naturally over time and not all develop symptoms. Symptoms actually relate to an irritant response to egg deposition around the anus.The worms are otherwise benign. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

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