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Is it normal for the pinworms to still be alive and lay eggs about 6 hours of taking the meds...And for it to itch still?

Is it normal for the pinworms to still be alive and lay eggs about 6 hours of taking the meds...And for it to itch still?

Yes, and longer: It can take a couple days to get full kill of the worms, and the eggs cause inflammation on the skin on the outside of the rectum. That can take several days to resolve. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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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Can pinworm eggs pass through the skin pores into the body?

Can pinworm eggs pass through the skin pores into the body?

No: Pin worm eggs need to be transferred via fomites to be ingested via the digestive track, as they are themselves dormant. These become active after they hatch, when they can penetrate the skin near rectum. ...Read more

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Can pinworm eggs be transferred to bedding even if I wear underwear& pyjamas and do not scratch at all??

Can pinworm eggs be transferred to bedding even if I wear underwear& pyjamas and do not scratch at all??

Not likely: It is recommended to wear underwear or pajama and do not scratch, so that you avoid oral -anal re-infection, Transferring pinworm to bedding may occur if underwear or pajama has pinworm attached to them and in contact with bedding. Or your hand touch the part of underwear and then touch the bedding. ...Read more

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What if I ingest pinworm eggs following my first treatment pill?

What if I ingest pinworm eggs following my first treatment pill?

New infestation: Anyone who is treated for pinworms can re-infest themselves by ingesting new eggs. The medication may stick around for a day or so but will not provide long term protection. Washing bed clothes and sheets in hot water and practicing good hand washing can reduce your risk. ...Read more

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If I keep my child's nails short can I prevent spread of pinworm eggs?

No: Frequent handwashing in association with appropriate medication therapy will prevent the spread of pinworms. ...Read more

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Is it true that Mebendezanole kills adult pinworms inside you causing the eggs to hatch inside and reinfect you? This worries me??

No: The Mebendazole is a toxin that affects the nervous system of the worm and any eggs developing within them. To reinfect yourself, you simply contaminate your fingers with any eggs in your environment. These can be bed clothes, sheets, etc. These eggs pass to your face or mouth by chance, travel through your stomach to your gut. Wash your hands and sheets more often and reinfestation will stop. ...Read more

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But im starting to itch from pinworms again & I just now saw eggs for the 1st time in a few days. Its been 10 days since 1st dose albenza (albendazole).Is it ok?

But im starting to itch from pinworms again & I just now saw eggs for the 1st time in a few days. Its been 10 days since 1st dose albenza (albendazole).Is it ok?

PINWORM: sometimes: It's hard to get rid of pinworm. May need repeated treatment at 1 wk interval. Actions must be taken to eradicate ova from pt., close contact/your home. Avoid itching, take Claritin (loratadine) or any anti itch med at night, shower every a.M, wash hands frequently, keep nails short, wash all clothes, bedlinens, clean sofa and where ever the infected person/s sit or lies down. Whole family treatment needed. ...Read more

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Taken 100mg mebendezanole for pinworm. What foods should I be avoiding? & what to do in terms of hygiene afraid I might breathe in eggs?

Taken 100mg mebendezanole for pinworm. What foods should I be avoiding? & what to do in terms of hygiene afraid I might breathe in eggs?

Wash: You don't necessarily need to avoid any foods, just be sure to wash fresh fruits and vegetables well before preparing any meals. Frequent hand washing helps prevent the spread of any illness. ...Read more

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Does pinworm medication kill immature worms too, if I ingested eggs after first treatment will the 2nd treatment kill a lll???????

Pinworms: If you are using the OTC pinworm medication, they recommend retreating after 2 weeks. Make sure that you treat all family members, since is so easy to pass from person to person. These are some instructions on how to clean and also how to prevent re-infection. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/parasites/pinworm/prevent. Html ...Read more

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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

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I have had a problem with parasites for a month. I took Reese's pinworm med. And the worms came back. The eggs are in the vagina and I can feel them?

I have had a problem with parasites for a month. I took Reese's pinworm med. And the worms came back. The eggs are in the vagina and I can feel them?

?? makes no sense: No one could feel pinworm eggs in the vagina. They are microscopic & no more an issue than the random germs that frequent the space. The only way you get pin worms is to ingest the eggs. If you are not caring for some infected toddlers, your assumption that this is recurrent pinworms is likely false. If you truly think you can feel something there you need to have an exam. ...Read more

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I had pinworms as they were in my stool so I took medicine but I noticed there are what look like tapeworm eggs instead. Were they pinworms or not?

I had pinworms as they were in my stool so I took medicine but I noticed there are what look like tapeworm eggs instead. Were they pinworms or not?

MIXTURES: Or MULTIPLE parasitic infections are NOT that uncommon!! You need a stool exam for OVA (eggs) and the parasites themselves...then proper TREATMENT (Often a sinfle treatment with a "Broad spectrum" anti-helminth (anti-worm) will "do the trick"
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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What is the nameof the small dark worms appeared from my anus with tiny eggs like black pepeer after I take albendazole for pinworm infection

What is the nameof the small dark worms appeared from my anus with tiny eggs like black pepeer after I take albendazole for pinworm infection

Pinworms are white: Don't know what the "dark" things might be, but it's easy to find out. One can get a lab order form for a "stool O & P" test from his doctor. The lab will give the patient little plastic containers. At home, the patient puts some stool into a container (regardless of whether or not he sees anything unusual in the stool). Then, the lab can process the stool sample and look at it with a microscope. ...Read more

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Can pin worm eggs get in my air system in my home? I'm finding tiny white sticky egg like things all of my house when I'm cleaning/dusting..

Can pin worm eggs get in my air system in my home? I'm finding tiny white sticky egg like things all of my house when I'm cleaning/dusting..

No: Pinworms do NOT get in air systems. They are not airborne. However, they are transmitted person to person and fecal-oral contact. Gross, I know. ...Read more

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Took Vermox monday night. Thursday now, a few hours from the time that I first took it. I still see pinworms. Is this normal? What do I do?

Possibly: The worms you saw may be dead or you may be seeing other dietary debris that appears to be worms. Most of us will treat using 2 doses a week apart to take care of stragglers. The vermox is a nerve toxin & very effective. Discuss with your pcp to be sure you are on the right track. ...Read more

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Do I have pinworms? My anus is itching mostly at night but daytime also. I scratched and there were few white lines could barely see them. What to do?

? Pinworms: Your description fits, but to be sure you need to be tested or treated empirically, in the US a prescription is needed, probably in your country too, albendazole or mebendazole is the drug. If you turn to be truly infected with pinworms, household may need to be treated as well, as they may be asymptomatic carriers, see your doctor who would direct you better, good luck ...Read more

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I think I have pinworms. How do I know? I have a slight "pinch" around my anus. I checked and I see no worms. I am not affected diet wise or nothing out of the ordinary. I feels wierd though.

I think I have pinworms. How do I know? I have a slight "pinch" around my anus. I checked and I see no worms. I am not affected diet wise or nothing out of the ordinary. I feels wierd though.

Pinworm: Pinworm is another name for enterobius vermicularis. It lives in the large intestine. Pin worms are visible without magnification. They look like little white worms. The female is about the length of staple and the male is smaller. During sleep female pinworms travel from the large intestine to lay their eggs around the anus.
Often a person with pinworm doesn’t have any symptoms. There can be itching around the anus or vagina and in more severe cases there can be problems sleeping, sense of restlessness, abdominal discomfort and drop in appetite.
The easiest way to diagnose pinworm is using an adhesive tape from the doctor’s office. Either the first thing in the morning or in the middle of the night, you apply the tape to your anus. Egg and sometimes worms will adhere to the tape which is then brought back to the doctor. The tape is microscopic evaluated to identify the worms. ...Read more

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I thought I had contracted pinworms, but I can see and feel them moving beneath my skin all throughout my body. What could it be?

Not pinworms: I know of no "worm" or other agent that would do that. Although you may be sensing a generalized thing with your skin, your assumptions are faulty. Wright down a history of your problem (s) so you don't forget any important details and schedule an appointment with your doc. ...Read more

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Does mebendezanole work for pinworms? I've been taking it see small brown things on tissue. Am I mistaken? Are these worms, or dirt/ sweat? Paranoid

Yes, it works, but..: Mebendazole kills the pinworms, but they are still inside you. They'll come out in your stools. You may see the killed pinworms in your stools. For a little while afterwards. ...Read more

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My child has an itchy bum. Someone told me pinworms cause this. What are the symptoms and can I see them in her poo?

Small white worms: Yes you can see them in stool sometimes. Thin as a pin. 1/2 inch long. Also look at childs anus at night (flashlight helps)because they come out to lay eggs. Another cause of itchy anus is strep infection. Pinworms can be treated with over the counter medication. ...Read more

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I sometimes have what looks like a white thread in my stool, sometimes I only see 1 or a few, once I saw many. I don't know if it's fibers or pinworm?

Likely not: As an adult, you acquire pin worms by ingesting the eggs when they get on your hands caring for in infected toddler. The worm lays its eggs around the anal opening and the glue like material that holds the eggs produces a skin reaction/itching. Most adults pass thread like debris as byproducts of veritable intake, since humans do not digest some of the cellulose that accompanies these foods. ...Read more

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How long am I to see pinworms in my stool after second dose of albenza (albendazole). It's been two weeks? Are they dead worms? How do I know?

Pinworms: You can be reinfected, the therapy may not have been adequate, or what you are seeing are not worms. You don't say whether you are still symptomatic. Might help to see a doctor and have these looked at. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have an itchy anus cud it be pinworms I don't see any in my stool but it's itching really bad?

I have an itchy anus cud it be pinworms I don't see any in my stool but it's itching really bad?

Might....but..: Anal itching from PW's is not from the worms but a skin reaction to the glue like material the eggs are deposited in around the anus. You can have a similar reaction or itch to yeast (from stool) bacteria, food allergies & many other things. There are over the counter pinworm meds you can try, but don't be surprised if they don't work. A little 1% hydrocortisone cream can sometimes help the itch. ...Read more

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I see white things in my stool often (daily), I have IBS due to stress. I am scared it is pinworms. Pediatrician said it isn'? Help! I think it is :/

I see white things in my stool often (daily), I have IBS due to stress. I am scared it is pinworms. Pediatrician said it isn'? Help! I think it is :/

Pinworms: Pinworms usually cause anal itching especially when under the covers. By using scotch tape you can check to see if you have pinworm eggs. Your doctor can have it examined by a lab. ...Read more

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My butt s itchy, but I know it's not pinworms. How do I figure out what it is?

See a doctor: There are a variety of causes so your best bet is to seea gastroenterologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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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 do pinworms eat?

Mucous debris: The pinworm is quite happy to live up the mucous debris left in the colon after most nutrients are extracted by the small intestines. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

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