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If I improve my child's hygiene can I prevent pinworm?

If I improve my child's hygiene can I prevent pinworm?

Yes: Frequent handwashing in association with appropriate medication therapy will prevent the spread of pinworms. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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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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Despite taking Albenadazole weekly for the last 5 weeks, I have a bad reoccurrence of pinworms. Is this normal? I am following a strict hygiene regime

Despite taking Albenadazole weekly for the last 5 weeks, I have a bad reoccurrence of pinworms. Is this normal? I am following a strict hygiene regime

How diagnosed?: A tenet of medicine is treatment designed for the wrong diagnosis is seldom effective.Not all itchy rears have to do with pin worms. There are a variety of yeast, bacteria, food reactions, etc that can result in anal itching.Unless you actually had pin worms detected by tape test or other definitive study you are likely treating the wrong problem. ...Read more

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I'm 19 with good hygiene but work with kids and find myself itching and taking out pinworms at nights how do I stop this annoyance ?

I'm 19 with good hygiene but work with kids and find myself itching and taking out pinworms at nights how do I stop this annoyance ?

Oh my: Pinworms must be treated with a prescription anti-parasitic if present, so a doctors visit is a must to take care of this problem. You can help your dr diagnose pinworms with clear scotch tape. On 3 mornings before your appointment, first thing in the morning stick a 1 inch piece of scotch tape directly to your anus, peel it off and keep it in a plastic bag. Your doc can look for eggs/worms. ...Read more

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My daughter seems to be having recurring episodes of pinworms. We give her medication, wash bedding and do our very best to reinforce good hygiene?

My daughter seems to be having recurring episodes of pinworms. We give her medication, wash bedding and do our very best to reinforce good hygiene?

Source: The source of the pinworm should be examined. It could be a pet turtle, or well water that wasnt tested or filtered properly. If she is the only one who is constantly exposed, the source of the exposure should be examined. ...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?

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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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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What can I do to help prevent pinworms?

What can I do to help prevent pinworms?

Wash your hands ...: A lot. Wash your hands before you eat or make food, after you go to the bathroom or change a diaper. Keep your fingernails clean and cut short. No fingernail-biting. Don't eat in the bathroom. Change your underpants every day. Don't scratch your butt. Good luck! ...Read more

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I just got pinworm meds. How long will it take for it to work and kill all worms. & what can I do to prevent it from happening again when I have a cat?

Pinworm: Treatment is 2 doses: day 1 and repeat after 1 week. Adult female worm lays eggs on perianal skin at night, this causes itching. As the person scratches the area, there is easy spread of eggs on clothes, bed linens, under nails and everywhere. So, wash your hands, all clothes, take shower every morning, don't scratch. Wash hands before preparing food, and eating. Get treatment for whole family. ...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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13yold son suffers from pinworms every few months for more than 4 years now what could be the reason and can we prevent it ?He eats lamb and chicken

13yold son suffers from pinworms every few months for more than 4 years now what could be the reason and can we prevent it ?He eats lamb and chicken

Human only infestn: 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.You get an irritant 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. Not all anal itching is pw, it can be poor other issues. ...Read more

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Hi, I have had pinworms / threadworms but they keep coming back (despite following strict hygeine measures) for about 6 weeks. I have been taking Mebendazole every 1 - 2 weeks to try and get rid of them. Are there any side effects for taking Mebendazole l

Not at that dose: If this is not working, consider you may not have pin worms. The peri-anal itching most often associated with PW's can be caused by a number of thongs, as diverse as a strep dermatitis, a reaction to foods, etc. Unless you have had PW's identified, I would look to another cause.If you are getting re-infected, some human in your environment is giving it to you. ...Read more

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Can improving hygiene prevent gastroenteritis?

Can improving hygiene prevent gastroenteritis?

Absolutely YES: It is transmitted from hand to mouth so good hand washing is a must for prevention and spred of the common stomach flu. ...Read more

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If I improve hygiene is improved can scabies be prevented?

If I improve hygiene is improved can scabies be prevented?

Yes, that may help: Since scabies mites have to get from one infected person onto another person, and then burrow into the new person's skin, improved hygiene can help stop the transmission. For example, a person can wash his clothes and take a thorough shower after playing with others. That way, scabies mites can be washed away before they have a chance to burrow into the person's skin. ...Read more

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Can good hygiene prevent parasites?

Can good hygiene prevent parasites?

Depends: This depends on the parasite. Some parasites are through fecal to oral transmission, some are through foods and ingestions that have nothing to do with hygiene. Good hygiene can certainly help prevent some parasites, but not all. ...Read more

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Can I prevent meningitis by adopting better hygiene?

Can I prevent meningitis by adopting better hygiene?

No: Meningitis is something that can come from spinal fluid leak after a head injury or surgery. It can follow some viral illnesses but usually comes from bacteria that aren't altered by hygiene. College students and military recruits in barracks can get a vaccine to decrease their risk. ...Read more

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Can better hygiene prevent lice?

Can better hygiene prevent lice?

Yes, that may help: Since lice have to get from one infected person onto another person, and then hide in the new person's hair, improved hygiene can help stop the transmission. For example, a person can wash his clothes and take a thorough shower after playing with others. That way, lice may be washed away before they have a chance to hide in the person's hair. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

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