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Can I go buy pinworm treatment if i'm under 16?

Can I go buy pinworm treatment if i'm under 16?

Yes: If you have pinworms, dont fret, they are actually quite commonly seen in practice. There are both prescription and non-prescription options available to treat pinworms. You can visit your local pharmacy and discuss with your pharmacist. You should be able to buy an otc. Preventing reinfection is also quite important, including frequent handwashing, and routine washing of clothing and bedding. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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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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Do pinworms always require treatment?

Do pinworms always require treatment?

Maybe,maybe not: The pinworms are rather benign things that live off debris in your large intestines.People can shed them in their poo as they do the germs therein and they will not return unless you ingest more eggs.The problem comes when the female lays eggs around the anus in a sticky glue that most become allergic to.The itchy irritation it causes is uncomfortable and treatment stops it from recurring. ...Read more

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What is an easy treatment for pinworms in a child?

What is an easy treatment for pinworms in a child?

Yes: There is at least one over the counter preparation and a prescription chew able tablet in the us. I have treated toddlers with the chew able tablet & they do well. ...Read more

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Can treatment for pinworms affect the combined pill?

Can treatment for pinworms affect the combined pill?

No reported problem: There is support for interaction of mebendezole with metronidazole and sodium iodide products, but not with hormones. Good luck getting rid of the annoying critters. ...Read more

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What if i ingest pinworm eggs following my first treatment pill?

What if i ingest pinworm eggs following my first  treatment pill?

New infestation: Anyone who is treated for pinworms can re-infest themselves by ingesting new eggs. The medication may stick around for a day or so but will not provide long term protection. Washing bed clothes and sheets in hot water and practicing good hand washing can reduce your risk. ...Read more

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I think I have pinworms. Is there any harm in using OTC treatment without a formal diagnosis?

Not necessarily: There are various otc preparations sold under names like pin-x that may help if that is the problem.They are allowed otc status because they seldom cause any problems. However, any medication strong enough to do good is strong enough to have side effects. Read the warnings listed on the material before purchase or use. ...Read more

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I have small white itchylumps on the insides of my anus at the edges. First got them when I had pinworms. What could they be and possible treatment?

I have small white itchylumps on the insides of my anus at the edges. First got them when I had pinworms. What could they be and possible treatment?

Sounds pretty normal: The anal opening and inside are not normally smooth; the "lumps" may be entirely normal. Maybe you became aware of them because of the pinworms, but they were not the cause. And anal itching is one of the most common day to day symptoms experienced by everyone from time to time. So the bumps and itching may be unrelated. But discuss with your doctor if you remain concerned. ...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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Will eating sweet food affect the treatment of pinworms?

NO: Pinworm treatment is pretty straight (pardon the pun) forward. Usually 1 dose of medication, followed in a week by another dose. Sweets should do nothing. ...Read more

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I will be two wks preg when I need to take my second round of meds for pinworm treatment. Are there concerns? The meds say not to even try to get preg

Misinformed?: How can one know they are pregnant at two weeks? A period has not been missed yet. And, the fetus is not in any way physically or chemically connected to the mother. But, if your dating is wrong, then please contact your OB for further instructions regarding the safety of this medication. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

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