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Can you transmit pinworms through kissing?

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

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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 pinworms be passed through kissing?

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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What to do if I have a mild case of pinworms. Is it possible that my girlfriend will get it to. Like from kissing or having sex. Or even by laying in my bed?

Both you & your: Girlfriend should be treated. Yes - lying on your bed (contaminated linens) or intimate contact can spread the worms. Pinworm treatments include anthelmintic medications like Albendazole (Albenza), Mebendazole (vermox) or pyrantel (Pin-X, Antiminth). Good handwashing is important. Wash clothing that has been worn recently, bed linens, upholstery and carpeting ...Read more

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Are pinworms passed through sex?

No: Pin worm eggs are ingested from contaminated fingers, pass through the digestive tract and end up hatching in your intestines where they live off fecal debris. They don't pass through intercourse. Spend enough time around the bed of a carrier and your hands may become contaminated by stray eggs. (they are spread from peri-anal skin.) ...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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I have pinworms and they don't itch. Should I be worried?

I have pinworms and they don't itch. Should I be worried?

No: No, pinworms are very common. Many people don't even know they have them. If your doctor has found them on a tape test then you have them. Follow your doctor's directionns for treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pinworms and I don't know what to do! Help!?

What to do if I have pinworms and I don't know what to do! Help!?

Need treatment: See your physician. Need to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment is very simple and safe. ...Read more

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I don't know if I have pinworms! Slept naked in hotel bed?

Symptoms...: Pinworms usually cause difficulty sleeping due to itching, severe itching around anus, peri-anal inflammation from scratching, vaginal area itchiness in females. ...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?

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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This is the third time I have had pinworms. Medicine prescribed by doctors hasn't worked so far. What do I do?

This is the third time I have had pinworms. Medicine prescribed by doctors hasn't worked so far. What do I do?

Common: It is common to have a re infection. Make sure the entire family is treated at the same time. Use the medicine twice 2 weeks apart. Wash all bedding and clothing, frequent bathing and hand washing and shout fingernails. All the best. ...Read more

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I found out I have pinworms and I took meds for it 2 days ago, but I still have the itching, does this mean I still have them and the med didn't work?

I found out I have pinworms and I took meds for it 2 days ago, but I still have the itching, does this mean I still have them and the med didn't work?

May need to repeat: Because medicines do not kill pinworm eggs, two doses are given, usually 2 weeks apart. The second dose is necessary to kill any worms that may have hatched from eggs after the initial treatment. In some cases of reinfection, 4 to 6 treatments (spaced 2 weeks apart) are needed.
But, its too early in 2 days to know if treatment is failing. ...Read more

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I'm a 14 year old female who has pinworms. Its really irritating and won't go away. I've had them as a child and they disappeared for years. Now there?

I'm a 14 year old female who has pinworms. Its really irritating and won't go away. I've had them as a child and they disappeared for years. Now there?

Too young to post!: To use this service and establish an account, you are told that you must be 16 years of age or older. We cannot answer your question. Please have a parent or guardian to create an account and ask your question for you. Honesty is best. You expect if of us and we expect if of you! ...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 do I do about pinworms and how did I get them when I haven't been around people?

Things to ponder: Pin worms are an only human parasite. You can only get them if you consume the eggs which hatch in your gut. Symptoms occur when you develop itching from a skin reaction to the gel the eggs are laid in at your anus. Eggs can be in kids bedding/clothing & contaminate your fingers which carry them to the mouth. Anal itching can also be caused by yeast, germs, reaction to soaps and many other things. ...Read more

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If you take pinworm medicine, and you don't have pinworms, will it cause health problem?

No it wiil not: Treatment for pin worms is 1 tab of vermox and often we treat the whole family and rpt 1 tab dose after 2 weeks
hs no ill effects and no health problems. ...Read more

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Are there common cases where people wouldn't have symptoms of pinworms, and how would they ever find out?

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

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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 (hydrocortisone) or coco butter can sometimes help. ...Read more

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If I have pinworms, should I also treat my 2-year old with OTC meds, even if she doesn't show symptoms?

If I have pinworms, should I also treat my 2-year old with OTC meds, even if she doesn't show symptoms?

I wouldn't: I would observe the kid over several days and interrupt her sleep to spread her buttochs and see if any pinworms are there. The adult female worm crawls out of the anus to lay eggs after the kid is asleep and can be spotted as small white threads. Any med strong enough to help could trigger a reaction, so I don't treat unless I have a good suspicion that the problem exists. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed w/pinworm, about 10 days ago I took my first dose of albenza (albendazole). It still itches sometime but doesn't hurt to pew anymore. Is this normal?

I was diagnosed w/pinworm, about 10 days ago I took my first dose of albenza (albendazole). It still itches sometime but doesn't hurt to pew anymore. Is this normal?

Common finding: The itching is causes by your bodies sensitivity to the glue like material the eggs are laid in by the fertile female. The itching is similar to that of poison ivy and can be handled by a mild steroid cream or washing the area with a cold rag. Persistence of the itching can be related to the first infestation or a recurrence. Retreatment a week or so after initial dosing is my normal practice. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pinworm. But I reallllly don't want to go to the doctor or clinic! Help me!!!! please 10 points!!!!!!?

OTC meds: There are many over the counter medications that will work effectively for this problem. Be aware that not all rectal itching is caused by pinworms. If the OTC meds are not helping you need to consider an office visit. ...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 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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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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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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Can pets cause you pinworms?

No, but other worms: Pinworms only can come from other people. Other types or worms like "roundworms" can be contracted from pets, but it is pretty rare. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

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