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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. Gregory Moneta
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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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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?

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

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

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