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Dr. Walter Husar
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Pinworms (Overview)

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 by swallowing the eggs.


Dr. Walter Husar
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Pinworms (Overview)

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 by swallowing the eggs.


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How long does a pinworm infection last?

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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Pinworms (Tip)

Call your doctor if you see white thread like worms and rectal itching; you may have pinworms. ...See more

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Treating Pinworms (Checklist)

Visit a doctor to be tested and treated for pinworms
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Symptoms of pinworms?

Symptoms of pinworms?

None or itching: Many people with pinworms show no symptoms. If they do, the most common symptom is itching around the anal area, especially at night. In more severe cases, there can be nausea, vomiting, and belly pain. ...Read more

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Pinworms (Tip)

Pinworms can be cured with a prescription oral medication. ...See more

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My child is scratching his butt, is that a sure sign of pinworm?

My child is scratching his butt, is that a sure sign of pinworm?

No: But it could be. Look for the worms, coming out at nite. They look like little moving white threads. A stool sample to the lab would accurately identify them.Scratching there also comes from irritaion caused by reactions to t.P., poor hygiene etc. ...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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Pinworms (Tip)

Pinworms can be effectively and safely treated with usually one dose of medication. ...See more

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My daughter was diagnosed with pinworms. How soon after taking the medication can she expect relief from itching?

Depends: The worms don't cause the itching, so response will depend on some other things you can do. The worm crawls out the anus in the night & lays eggs in the skin folds. The worm secretes a glue like material with the eggs & this glue sets up an itchy rash that triggers the itch & disburses the eggs. If you wash off the anal skin folds with cold water & apply cortisone cream this can help immediately. ...Read more

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What are these white things worms in my stool? What are tests for pinworms?

What are these white things worms in my stool? What are tests for pinworms?

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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Pinworms (Tip)

Pinworms are one of the most common worm infections in the world. ...See more

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How would I know if my son has pinworms?

Pinworms: If you see white short threads around the anus, they are pinworms. You can press a scotch tape to capture it/them and set on a glass slide.. If you do not see the worms, do the same procedure. Bring the slides to a lab or to the doctor for confirmation under a microscope. The second tape will show the eggs. Best time to do this is late night when worms come out lay eggs. ...Read more

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What could cause pinworms?

Ingesting the eggs: Pin worm eggs are found in the bedding of affected infants & toddlers, shed into their clothing from the skin around their anus where the adult worm lays them. The eggs are laid in a glue like substance that irritates the skin, so the kids are often scratching the area & dispersing the eggs. If the kid or others touch their mouth with contaminated fingers, they get a dose of eggs & start over. ...Read more

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Pinworms (Tip)

Pinworms are most common in kids ages 6-10, school ages essentially. ...See more

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What does it mean if u have a discharge with pinworms?

Eval: Your body is reacting - if that is the cause the treatment is straight forward. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies to treat pinworm?

Are there home remedies to treat pinworm?

Not in the U.S.: Vermox is the medication for pinworms. In the U.S., Vermox is by prescription only. I have heard that in some other countries, pinworm medication is over-the-counter. ...Read more

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Pinworms (Tip)

Effective hand washing can drastically diminish pinworm transmission. ...See more

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When can a child return to school if she has been treated for pinworms?

Immediately: Children do not need to be kept out of school for pinworms. They are almost ubiquitous in preschool and daycare children and only need treated if they are causing symptoms. Most children who have them do not have symptoms and they and their families are not aware they are there. See http://www. Cdc. Gov/parasites/pinworm. ...Read more

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I am 21 weeks pregnant and have contracted pinworms from my 4 year old I have been treating! How do I get rid of them please?

I am 21 weeks pregnant and have contracted pinworms from my 4 year old I have been treating! How do I get rid of them please?

Albendazole: This agent given to everyone in the household simultaneously combined with thorough cleaning of all bedclothes and daily wear, and intensive hand washing is the routine therapy. This can be very difficult to get rid of, do not despair and keep at it. ...Read more

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Pinworms (Tip)

In the us, it is estimated that 40 million cases of pinworm infections occur per year. ...See more

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Is there any type of treatment for pinworm?

Pinworms: This is a very common parasitic infection. There are antiparasitic medications to treat this ailment. Sometimes, it is best if everyone in the household is treated at the same time. You should seek help from your physician. ...Read more

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I am 22 (m).What are the treatments for pinworms?

Pinworms: Cause: putting pinworm eggs from an infected person's stool in one's mouth.
Number 1 - better hygiene
number 2 - time
number 3 - anti-parasitic medication that paralyze the pinworm so they get flushed out in defication. ...Read more

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Pinworms (Tip)

Most pinworm infections do not cause symptoms. ...See more

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What is the quickest way to get rid of pinworm?

What is the quickest way to get rid of pinworm?

OTC or Prescription: If it wasn't for the itch & the difficulty these kids have trying to sleep, we wouldn't need to treat this at all. Short term help using a cold wash to remove the irritating oil the eggs are laid in & soothing creams can help baby rest. The otc med &/or the chew able Vermox tablet will take a few days to work through the system & eliminated the pw's. ...Read more

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Pinworms (Tip)

Do treat the whole household when a pinworm infection is identified. ...See more

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Is there a drug resistant strain of pinworm? Does mebendezanole work?

Still Effective: Mebendazole is one of several medications used to treat pinworms. There are reports of drug resistance but it is still used widely for this purpose. Treatment failures can be minimized by repeating the dose in 2-3 wks after initial dose, by practicing good hygiene to prevent reinfection of yourself & spread to others. Good handwashing especially cleaning under nails is important. ...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?

?? 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

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

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