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Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Anal itching: Itching in the anal area.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Hi I have a very severe pinworm infection and have been treated by my dr also been doing home remedies. Why has nothing worked?
Pinworm re-infection: is common, and total eradication can be hard at times, all family members may need to be treated, and successful eradication may necessitate more measures as taking medicine courses repeatedly 3 times, 3 weeks apart for all of them. Community hygiene measures too may need to be applied, your doctor can refer you to an infectious diseases specialist for consultation, good luck ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doubtful: Pinworms are a type of nematode or simply a worm. Usually quite treatable with a medicine called mebendazole. Some of the antifungals also end in azole such as ketoconazole, but are different types of medication and not likely to be effective. Mebendazole is usually taken as one pill, one dose, one time. Pretty neat really. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer