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What is pinworm infection medicine?

What is pinworm infection medicine?

Pinworm treatment: Pinworms (enterobius) are treated with oral medications known as Mebendazole or Albendazole (see your physician). ...Read more

Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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How long does a pinworm infection last?

How long does a pinworm infection last?

Until treatment over: Pinworm infestations will cease after proper treatment which takes about two weeks time. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a pinworm infection?

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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How do I know my child has a pinworm infection?

How do I know my child has a pinworm infection?

Pinworm diagnosis: Early in the morning, before bathing, look closely at your child's recturm. Pinworms look like tiny white threads, or toilet paper residue. You can do a pinworm tape test and submit to the lab for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do you confirm the diagnosis of pinworm infection?

How do you confirm the diagnosis of pinworm infection?

Pinworms: There is a test called a tape test. Basically scotch tape- like paper is applied to the rectum in middle of night and sent to a lab to examine. This will confirm the infection. ...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?

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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Hi I have a very severe pinworm infection and have been treated by my dr also been doing home remedies. Why has nothing worked?

Hi I have a very severe pinworm infection and have been treated by my dr also been doing home remedies. Why has nothing worked?

Pinworm re-infection: Is common, and total eradication can be hard at times, all family members may need to be treated, and successful eradication may necessitate more measures as taking medicine courses repeatedly 3 times, 3 weeks apart for all of them. Community hygiene measures too may need to be applied, your doctor can refer you to an infectious diseases specialist for consultation, good luck ...Read more

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Could pinworm infection have anything to do with amount of sugar in our diet?

Could pinworm infection have anything to do with amount of sugar in our diet?

No: These benign hitch hikers don't care what your diet is like. They are opportunist that do not discriminate. They will infest anyone that gets their eggs on their fingers and lets them pass into their mouth. They travel to your large intestine where they feed off undigested debris. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would a pinworm infection go away with a certain diet alone and nothing else?

Hi docs, would a pinworm infection go away with a certain diet alone and nothing else?

Not safe: Ingestion of herbs, foods, chemicals or other substances that could and would kill worms would also likely be very unhealthy and potentially dangerous to the host. Oral medications available through your doctor's office are safe, simple, effective and easy to use. ...Read more

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How persistant can a pinworm infection be? I have taken two dosages of Vermox in 15 days and still I don't feel any better

How persistant can a pinworm infection be? I have taken two dosages of Vermox in 15 days and still I don't feel any better

If treatment fails: It may be a wrong diagnosis. Many assume this when they have an itchy bottom. It does produce an allergic rash when the worm lays eggs at the bottom, but other things do too. Food allergies, group A strep infections, yeast infections, neurodermatitis, all have the same symptoms. If you have not had your problem verified, I would. You may be wasting your efforts. ...Read more

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Can people have persistent pinworm infection even when taking meds regularly at two week intervals & good hygiene, white bits in stool won't go?

Re-Infection Common: Persistent infection is common with pinworms and is commonly due to re-infection. In addition to re-treatment, do the following: Change underclothes and bed sheets, bathe in the mornings, wash hands/clean nails before handling food, keep fingernails short, avoid nail biting, avoid scratching perianal area, and all household members should be treated as a group. Follow closely with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does pinworm infection cause infertility in females? Can the pinworm damage fallopian tubes?

Does pinworm infection cause infertility in females? Can the pinworm damage fallopian tubes?

No: Pinworms cannot survive in the female genital tract. Their preferred home is the large intestines, with some capability of living in the small intestine and its connected features. Any statement that PW affect womens fertility is a myth. ...Read more

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I am on TB treatment can I take medicine for pinworm infection during TB treatment. Is it safe? Suggest a medicine.

I am on TB treatment can I take medicine for pinworm infection during TB treatment. Is it safe? Suggest a medicine.

Yes: There are many options and the medication should be taken once and repeated in 7 days. Discuss with the pharmacist. All the best. Also family should be treated together and it is weight based. ...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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I had anal intercourse with my partner a few days ago where he was the receptive partner. A day after, my penis started itching and my face become swollen and had weird dark patches. Could it be from fungal infection or pinworm infection?

I had anal intercourse with my partner a few days ago where he was the receptive partner. A day after, my penis started itching and my face become swollen and had weird dark patches. Could it be from fungal infection or pinworm infection?

See your doctor: Various potential causes here, and would urge both you and your partner to see a doctor as soon as possible. Thus be open and discuss this with your partner right away. Meanwhile refrain from any sexual activity. ...Read more

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Do anti-fungal pills work for pinworm infections?

Doubtful: Pinworms are a type of nematode or simply a worm. Usually quite treatable with a medicine called mebendazole. Some of the antifungals also end in azole such as ketoconazole, but are different types of medication and not likely to be effective. Mebendazole is usually taken as one pill, one dose, one time. Pretty neat really. ...Read more

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I keep getting pinworms every 2 years from September-October. I usually find 1 and it's dead. I had a bad infection of them many years ago. Y is this?

Hygiene pethaps: Go see you doctor get diagnosis and then treatment. Clean all linens and check others in the house. Have excellent hygiene ...Read more

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What to do if I have pinworm, hemorrhoid or vaginal infection?

See doctor: All of these can be treated. Please see your doctor for an exam to confirm the diagnoses, then take the medication prescribed and carry out the care prescribed with precision. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish between pinworm, hemorrhoid or vaginal infection?

Your doctor can: It would be very difficult for one to self evaluate and come to a reliable conclusion as to the cause of symptoms as a physical examination and possibly laboratory tests would likely be needed for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Are pinworms or boils caused by viral infections?

Are pinworms or boils caused by viral infections?

No: Neither problem ard due to viruses. There are some viruses that can produce blisters, but not boils. ...Read more

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How come pinworms often infect children the most?

How come pinworms often infect children the most?

Personal hygiene: Infestations begin as the eggs are ingested from contaminated fingers. These fingers touch places that babies sit and play in like sandboxes, day care centers, etc, where the eggs are shed from a diapered bottom. The more finger to mouth activity the higher likelihood of infection. When you add a ready source of eggs in their environment, the chances also increase. ...Read more

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I might have pinworms and a vaginal discharge. Do pinworms infect the vagina?

Very rarely: There are a few reports of the pinworms migrating from the lower GI tract (their natural habitat) to the vagina but this is definitely rare. You should see your doctor for the appropriate microscopic examinations. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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


Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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Oxyuriasis (Definition)

It is a parasite, small white. It causes itchy bottom (pruritus ani) particularly at night. This prevents the child from sleeping, making ...Read more