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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. Milroy Samuel
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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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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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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

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