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Should I be worried about pinworms?

Should I be worried about pinworms?

Possibly: Pinworms is the most common worm infection in the us -- and school-age kids are the ones who most commonly get it. They unknowingly touch the eggs, put fingers in mouths, and the eggs mature -- producing intense anal itching esp. @ night. The eggs can be transferred to others in the house also. See your family doctor for help if needed. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002137/. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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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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I have pinworms and they don't itch. Should I be worried?

I have pinworms and they don't itch. Should I be worried?

No: No, pinworms are very common. Many people don't even know they have them. If your doctor has found them on a tape test then you have them. Follow your doctor's directionns for treatment. ...Read more

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Worried taken mebendezanole every 2 weeks for 2 -3 months even though im sure I have got rid of pinworm. Hav stopped. Will anything bad happen?

Worried taken mebendezanole every 2 weeks for 2 -3 months even though im sure I have got rid of pinworm. Hav stopped. Will anything bad happen?

That's a long time!: If you feel that your infection has cleared, there should be no reason to continue taking the medication unless your doctor advised you otherwise. There should be no ill effects from not taking mebendazole, except for recurrence of the infection if you are still exposed to the original source. ...Read more

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My butt s itchy, but I know it's not pinworms. How do I figure out what it is?

My butt s itchy, but I know it's not pinworms. How do I figure out what it is?

See a doctor: There are a variety of causes so your best bet is to seea gastroenterologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Are there any pinworm die off symptoms?

Are there any pinworm die off symptoms?

Don't 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 do pinworms eat?

Mucous debris: The pinworm is quite happy to live up the mucous debris left in the colon after most nutrients are extracted by the small intestines. ...Read more

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How do you get pinworms?

Ingested: U get pin worms by putting egg contaminated fingers in the mouth. The eggs travel through, hatch & begin to live in your large intestines. Living pw's crawl out your anus &lay eggs. If you get an allergic rxn to the glue like stuff the eggs are laid in, it will itch a lot. Rx is so simple & free of side effects many just treat on suspicion. Otc pin worm med is available or an rx pill can be called in. ...Read more

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How do you catch pinworms?

Pinworm eggs: Pin worms spread because the carrier spreads eggs thru bed sheets, furniture, eggs in hands and nails and serving food. ...Read more

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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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Can pets cause you pinworms?

No, but other worms: Pinworms only can come from other people. Other types or worms like "roundworms" can be contracted from pets, but it is pretty rare. ...Read more

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What do I do about pinworms?

Need to treat: If you have pinworms, don't 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. Preventing reinfection is also quite important, including frequent handwashing, and routine washing of clothing and bedding. ...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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How does a person get pinworms?

Ingested: U get pin worms by putting egg contaminated fingers in the mouth. The eggs travel through, hatch & begin to live in your large intestines. Living pw's crawl out your anus &lay eggs. If you get an allergic rxn to the glue like stuff the eggs are laid in, it will itch a lot. Rx is so simple & free of side effects many just treat on suspicion. Otc pin worm med is available or an rx pill can be called in. ...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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Are pinworms passed through sex?

No: Pin worm eggs are ingested from contaminated fingers, pass through the digestive tract and end up hatching in your intestines where they live off fecal debris. They don't pass through intercourse. Spend enough time around the bed of a carrier and your hands may become contaminated by stray eggs. (they are spread from peri-anal skin.) ...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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How can I know if I have pinworms?

Check rectal are: Check rectal are first thing in the am have someone look for small whitish worms. Can also get a pinworm test from your doctor. It is a small sticky panel your press on your rectal area and this can sent to lab to check for pinworms. ...Read more

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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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Can pinworms grow longer than 1 cm?

Pinworms: Yes. Pinworms are big enough to be seen with the naked eye. They are yellow-white and look like a fine piece of thread. They are USUALLY LESS than one-half inch long (1.25 cms) ...Read more

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Can my girlfriend catch my pinworms?

Depends: Pinworms are spread when the dried eggs end up on someones fingers & they place them on their face/mouth where they enter the digestive tract from above, hatch & begin to live in the colon. If your gf has contact with your bed sheets, she can become contaminated as they are often discharged into your underware or sheets. She will not get them kissing or through sex. ...Read more

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How many inches long can pinworms get?

Half an inch: Pinworms range from 0.08 inch to 0.5 inch. ...Read more

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Can pinworms be found on the mattress?

Unlikely: Pin worms crawl out of anus in the night and anything in contact with anal skin may get pin worm on it. One can find it on underwear or pajama after screeching anal area. It imay be possible if one scratches anal skins wiith hand then touches the mattress. ...Read more

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Do pinworms cause itch during the day?

Do pinworms cause itch during the day?

Maybe.: Pinworms could cause itching during the day, especially if you are infested with a lot of them. Other causes are possible, like a dermatitis from a soap, detergent or fabric softener, or even cleaning to often. See a doc to see if pinworms are the problem. You can collect the eggs at home See http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/pinworm/basics/tests-diagnosis/con-20027072 ...Read more

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What disease can you get from pinworms?

None: Pinworms can cause conditions such as appendicitis, proctitis, vulvo-vaginitis and other such conditions but am not aware of them spreading other diseases. ...Read more

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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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How do you treat a child with pinworms?

How do you treat a child with pinworms?

Pinworms: Until recently, mebendezole (vermox) 100mg chewable tablet once for affected patient and all household members was considered the drug of choice. Now that drug is no longer being produced, Albendazole (albenza)10/mg/kg (400 mg max dose)once is a good alternative. Washing all bed linens in very hot water to destroy eggs shed during the worm's nocturnal emergence is traditionally recommended. ...Read more

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How would I know if my son has pinworms?

Pinworms: If you see white short threads around the anus, they are pinworms. You can press a scotch tape to capture it/them and set on a glass slide.. If you do not see the worms, do the same procedure. Bring the slides to a lab or to the doctor for confirmation under a microscope. The second tape will show the eggs. Best time to do this is late night when worms come out lay eggs. ...Read more

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What is the cause of pinworms in adults?

Eggs: Infection is transmitted through the consumption of pinworm eggs. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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