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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Pinworms (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Can pinworm eggs pass through the skin pores into the body?

Can pinworm eggs pass through the skin pores into the body?

No: Pin worm eggs need to be transferred via fomites to be ingested via the digestive track, as they are themselves dormant. These become active after they hatch, when they can penetrate the skin near rectum. ...Read more

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I thought I had contracted pinworms, but I can see and feel them moving beneath my skin all throughout my body. What could it be?

Not pinworms: I know of no "worm" or other agent that would do that.Although you may be sensing a generalized thing with your skin, your assumptions are faulty.Wright down a history of your problem (s) so you don't forget any important details and schedule an appointment with your doc. ...Read more

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My anus is itching and I pulled out 3-4 white thin hair like thing. (thinner than a pinworm) my stomach also has antsy feeling. Yeast? No skin rash.

My anus is itching and I pulled out 3-4 white thin hair like thing. (thinner than a pinworm) my stomach also has antsy feeling. Yeast? No skin rash.

Worm in anus: If you do video consult you can show us the worm or google GI worms and look at images to see if you can match it up. I am not certain what antsy means in Hungary. Not likely yeast. Better yet have someone look around in and up your anus to see what is going on. Should be quick answer so you don't have to worry. ...Read more

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Are there any pinworm die off symptoms?

Are there any pinworm die off symptoms?

Dont understand qs.: Pinworms die if the anal-oral cycle is broken--meaning if you do not itch and then put your fingers in your mouth.wash your hands and be careful.there are very safe medications to treat them too.talk to your dr. ...Read more

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Which medication is used to treat pinworm?

Which medication is used to treat pinworm?

Pin-X: Over the counter medication that should adequately treat pinworms. Just be sure to follow the instructions and repeat the dose in 10-14 days. ...Read more

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What will happen if you don't treat pinworm?

What will happen if you don't treat pinworm?

Itching: especially at night, will continue. They can migrate into the vagina and urethra laying eggs there and leading to itching in one or both locations. See this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrUlhufWlIA ...Read more

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What will happen if you don't treat pinworm?

What will happen if you don't treat pinworm?

Annoying symptoms: Pinworm infestation causes the annoying symptoms of rectal itching, usually at night, and if not treated, one keeps reinfecting oneself by scratching and ingesting the eggs that were deposited when the worms come out at night to lay eggs. An uncommon complication happens if the worms get stuck in the appendix, leading to acute appendicitis that would need surgery to remove the appendix. ...Read more

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How can pinworm be resistant to mebendezanole?

Resistance unlikely: Mebendazole is the drug of choice for pinworm and is taken as single dose of 100 mg orally . It should work well for pinworm infection .Resistance to this drug is not known. Mebendazole dose may be repeated after 2 weeks or so, if needed. Consult your doctor if you feel you still have pinworms . ...Read more

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Can pinworm be transmitted from person to person?

Can pinworm be transmitted from person to person?

Yes & no: The transmission of pinworms requires the ingestion of pinworm eggs.These quite easily end up on the fingers of someone changing the bed linen or sharing a bed with an infected person who sheds them. They are not transmitted from blood, saliva or a sneeze, like many other agents. ...Read more

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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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What could cause pinworms?

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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How to know if I have pinworms?

How to know if I have pinworms?

PInworm: You got to check your stool for a stool exam called "O and P" check with your doctor it can spread to other family members ...Read more

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Is there medication for pinworms?

Yes: There is at least one over the counter preparation and a prescription chew able tablet in the us. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pinworms?

What are the symptoms of pinworms?

Itching: Most common symptom is itching around the anus worst at night when the female worms lay eggs. The worms can sometimes move to vagina or urinary tract causing itching and irritation in this area as well. ...Read more

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What is done for pinworms infestations?

What is done for pinworms infestations?

Poison the worms: There are a variety of agents that can kill off the pin worms. Probably the most common one used in the us is mabendazole (vermox) that comes in a chewable tablet.A single dose will often do the job although i usually have it repeated in a week. There are otc products that will work. An effort to eliminate stray eggs left in the bedding can prevent re-infestation. ...Read more

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Enterobiasis (Definition)

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