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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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. Shari Jackson
252 doctors shared insights

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 effectively and safely treated with usually one dose of 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 cured with a prescription oral medication. ...See more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

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