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How are pinworms different from other nematodes? 

How are pinworms different from other nematodes? 

Yes: Pinworms primarily cause itching around the anus. Other nematodes that cause human disease can cause many other illnesses such as bowel obstructions or jaundice. Pinworms do not cause this. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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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Does pinworm commonly occur in the us?

Does pinworm commonly occur in the us?

Not as common: Although, pinworm infestation is more common than infestation with other parasites, it is not a common disease overall. I have to say in a lot of cases it may be asymptomatic and not dignosed for a while. ...Read more

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I'm scared if I haev pinworms?

No need to be scared: Pin worms are not that uncommon with easy treatment. Simple observation of tiny pinworms in stools, constant itching in groin or anal region are clear signs. A brief exam of local area is helpful for obtaining a tape specimen from the rectal area ...Read more

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Are pinworms ever fatal?

Uncomfortable only: No, uncomfortable with itching especially at night, but not fatal. ...Read more

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Are pinworms contagious?

Agree w Dr. Essers: In addition to not washing hands after using the toilet, the pinworm can be spread through bed linens. Ensure that all family members are treated. Wash bed linens, recently worn clothing, upholstered furniture and carpeting. ...Read more

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Can pinworms affect fertility?

No: But cause a lot of bothersome itching and are very contagious if you scratch and do not wash hands and scrub under nails. They come out at night and deposit eggs. When you scratch and dont have good hygeine the touch something eggs ate deposited. Someone else touches it the puts hands in mouth and the get the pin worms. The cycle continues. There are prescription medications to cure them. ...Read more

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Is albendazole necessary for pinworm?

Confusing question: It is an effective treatment, among others.If you or the patient is asymptomatic, treatment is not absolutely required.Some patients will clear this naturally, but chronic carriage is common. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

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


Nematode (Definition)

Nematode is a common name for any roundworm ...Read more