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My brother has pinworms. What should I tell him?

My brother has pinworms. What should I tell him?

An infection: Pinworms are a parasitic infection caused by ingesting (eating) the eggs of the pinworm. If one doesn't wash his or her hands after touching a contaminated surface or item then he/she can get pinworms. The symptoms include anal itching. The treatment is to take one chewable pill and wash all bedding in hot water. It is wise to treat the entire family (at least the children). Treat again in 10 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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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Is there a way that I can tell if my child has pinworms?

Is there a way that I can tell if my child has pinworms?

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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You tell me where I can get tested for pinworms right away?

You tell me where I can get tested for pinworms right away?

Your doctor can : A scotch tape test can be done for you. You set your alarm to wake up in the middle of the night (when the pinworms are usually active) and press a piece of scotch tape to your anus. The tape is then stuck to a microscope slide and the laboratory can look for pinworm eggs. A stool sample for ova and parasites is not as good a way to diagnose. Some just do presumptive tx if exposed. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have pinworms and can I treat it myself?

Microscopic exam: It requires microscopic examination of material around the anus and is not a do it yourself process. Please see your doctor for evaluation and prescription. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have pinworms or am i just worrying too much?

How to tell if I have pinworms or am i just worrying too much?

A pain in the bottom: The best way to determine if you have pinworm is to check the person's anal area after they have been asleep for at least an hour. Pinworm come to the surface at night when the body is at rest. If you see white worms at the anus or if you see white worms in the stool those are signs of pinworm. You should consult your doctor if you think you have pinworm. ...Read more

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How to tell my family that we all have to take pinworm medicine because i was the one that got infected?

Individualized care: Please have each of your family members evaluated by their physician. Each member needs to receive individualized care. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have pinworms or tapeworm?

How to tell if I have pinworms or tapeworm?

Poop test: Pinworms usually come out in the evening. A scotch tape test can identify them (howver many doctors treat based on symptoms since they are so common) tapeworm is diagnosed by checking your poop in the laboratory. Both are treatable. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stop my pinworms itching?

Can you tell me how to stop my pinworms itching?

Pinworm Treatments.: Pinworm treatments include anthelmintic medications like Albendazole (Albenza), Mebendazole (vermox) or pyrantel (Pin-X, Antiminth). Good handwashing is important. Emollients can be used for anal itching. Wash clothing that has been worn recently, bed linens, upholstery and carpeting. All family members should be treated. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to stop my pinworms itching?

Can someone tell me how to stop my pinworms itching?

Treat completely: Must be treated completely to control itching. Baths and creams helpful recommend pin-x type medicine. ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell it is pinworms besides the itching symptom?

Is there a way to tell it is pinworms besides the itching symptom?

Yes: The eggs are often seen on a "tape test" done by placing see through tape on the anal cleft and then examining it under the microscope.Some parents find the worms that are like thin threads less than an inch long if they examine their kids (anus) after they have been asleep a while. ...Read more

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What to do if I am to shy to tell my mum about my pinworms?

What to do if I am to shy to tell my mum about my pinworms?

Pinworms: It would be best to tell your mother because the entire family can be infested. Treatment consists of taking a tablet. Pinworms are common especially if you have young children around ...Read more

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How can I generally tell Haemorrhoids and Pinworms apart from each other as the cause of my severely itchy anus?

How can I generally tell Haemorrhoids and Pinworms apart from each other as the cause of my severely itchy anus?

Anal pruritis: Anal itching is a common problem. Causes include irritants such as perfumes, chemicals, or dyes in toilet paper, food irritants, infections, and hemorrhoids. There are risk factors for anal itching such as diseases, profuse sweating, fecal soilage, and more. Pinworms can be ruled out using the scotch tape test. ...Read more

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Hi there. By looking at poop can a lay person tell with they have pinworms or a tapeworms?

Hi there.  By looking at poop can a lay person tell with they have pinworms or a tapeworms?

You might be able to: Pinworm is about 1 cm in length and you might be able to see it. Tapeworm is very long usually and what you might see in the stool is its part of the body or the egg in the stool (looks like whitish seed) ...Read more

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I'm taking levaquin (levofloxacin) to treat epididimytis, & albenza for pinworms, but now I feel some pain on both sides of my lower abdomen. Should I tell my dr?

I'm taking levaquin (levofloxacin) to treat epididimytis, & albenza for pinworms, but now I feel some pain on both sides of my lower abdomen. Should I tell my dr?

Tell your Dr.: Always inform your Dr. if & when possible side effects or new symptoms occur. All antibiotics can affect gastrointestinal tract. Epididymitis can be due to viral or bacterial infection . If bacteria, could be resistant to levaquin (levofloxacin). Epipidymitis can be caused by reflux of urine into prostatic or ejaculatory ducts when urinating. ...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?

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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Are there people more susceptible to pinworm?

Poor hygine: Since pinworms spread by direct contact with the eggs., poor hygiene and crowded living condition predisposes to infestation. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

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