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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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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Pinworms (Definition)

Pinworms is a condition in which a person (often young children, sometimes parents of young children) has little parasites called pinworms in his large intestine and his poop. Pinworms are threadlike worms about half an inch long, causing the main symptom of butt-itching or butt-scratching in kids. Treatment is usually ...Read more


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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

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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 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

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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


Dr. Arthur Balin
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Oxyuriasis (Definition)

Oxyuriasis (or enterobiasis) is an infection of the digestive tract with pinworms. It usually occurs in children, and causes itchiness ...Read more