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Can you use garlic to stop pinworm itching?

Can you use garlic to stop pinworm itching?

I wouldn't: I don't know if you mean by eating or applying the butter but neither would do much. Local cleaning with antiseptic wipes followed by a 1% hydrocortizone cream will generally end the itching within days. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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 you tell me how to stop my pinworms itching?

Can you tell me how to stop my pinworms itching?

Pinworm Treatments.: Pinworm treatments include anthelmintic medications like Albendazole (Albenza), Mebendazole (vermox) or pyrantel (Pin-X, Antiminth). Good handwashing is important. Emollients can be used for anal itching. Wash clothing that has been worn recently, bed linens, upholstery and carpeting. All family members should be treated. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to stop my pinworms itching?

Can someone tell me how to stop my pinworms itching?

Treat completely: Must be treated completely to control itching. Baths and creams helpful recommend pin-x type medicine. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed w/pinworm, about 10 days ago I took my first dose of albenza (albendazole). It still itches sometime but doesn't hurt to pew anymore. Is this normal?

I was diagnosed w/pinworm, about 10 days ago I took my first dose of albenza (albendazole). It still itches sometime but doesn't hurt to pew anymore. Is this normal?

Common finding: The itching is causes by your bodies sensitivity to the glue like material the eggs are laid in by the fertile female. The itching is similar to that of poison ivy and can be handled by a mild steroid cream or washing the area with a cold rag. Persistence of the itching can be related to the first infestation or a recurrence. Retreatment a week or so after initial dosing is my normal practice. ...Read more

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When do I take my second dose of albendazole for pinworms? I took the first dose 2 days ago and it still itches at night but not any other time.

When do I take my second dose of albendazole for pinworms? I took the first dose 2 days ago and it still itches at night but not any other time.

After a week: The itching is caused by a skin irritation, not directly by the pin worms. The female worm lays eggs in a sticky glue like material around the anus. That glue triggers skin irritation in most people. Simple wash off with cold water and application of an OTC hydrocortisone cream has more benefit to the itch than the pills. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a dark purple lump on anus. It has been there before and I took over-the-counter pinworm medicine. It's soft to touch and itches at night.

Hi, I have a dark purple lump on anus. It has been there before and I took over-the-counter pinworm medicine. It's soft to touch and itches at night.

See a doctor: Marmoset - there are a few different things this can be and they are all treated differenly. See a doctor so that they can take a look and advise you properly. ...Read more

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Anal itching for 2 months, Dr thought pinworms. Prescribed albenza 8 days ago, anus still itches like crazy. Should itch have stopped? Is it working?

Intertrigo/fungal: Likely due to fungal or intertrigo. Pinworms less likely. I would recommend washing 2-3x a day, drying in front of fan, applying very small amount of baking soda. You can try athletes foot spray too. Do this for 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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I'm 19 with good hygiene but work with kids and find myself itching and taking out pinworms at nights how do I stop this annoyance?

Oh my: Pinworms must be treated with a prescription anti-parasitic if present, so a doctors visit is a must to take care of this problem. You can help your dr diagnose pinworms with clear scotch tape. On 3 mornings before your appointment, first thing in the morning stick a 1 inch piece of scotch tape directly to your anus, peel it off and keep it in a plastic bag. Your doc can look for eggs/worms. ...Read more

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Is pinworm itching constant or intermittent?

Worse at night: In the early stages the itching of pinworms is worse at night. Later on its more constant. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Will the itching caused by pinworms happen every night?

Will the itching caused by pinworms happen every night?

Most likely: It is at night that the pinworms come down from the upper large intestine to the anal area and that is why there is anal itching. This generally would happen every night until you get treated ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell it is pinworms besides the itching symptom?

Is there a way to tell it is pinworms besides the itching symptom?

Yes: The eggs are often seen on a "tape test" done by placing see through tape on the anal cleft and then examining it under the microscope. Some parents find the worms that are like thin threads less than an inch long if they examine their kids (anus) after they have been asleep a while. ...Read more

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I found out I have pinworms and I took meds for it 2 days ago, but I still have the itching, does this mean I still have them and the med didn't work?

I found out I have pinworms and I took meds for it 2 days ago, but I still have the itching, does this mean I still have them and the med didn't work?

May need to repeat: Because medicines do not kill pinworm eggs, two doses are given, usually 2 weeks apart. The second dose is necessary to kill any worms that may have hatched from eggs after the initial treatment. In some cases of reinfection, 4 to 6 treatments (spaced 2 weeks apart) are needed.
But, its too early in 2 days to know if treatment is failing. ...Read more

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My daughter was diagnosed with pinworms. How soon after taking the medication can she expect relief from itching?

Depends: The worms don't cause the itching, so response will depend on some other things you can do. The worm crawls out the anus in the night & lays eggs in the skin folds. The worm secretes a glue like material with the eggs & this glue sets up an itchy rash that triggers the itch & disburses the eggs. If you wash off the anal skin folds with cold water & apply cortisone cream this can help immediately. ...Read more

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I have pinworms and I don't have any itching problem only they crawl out of my anus evry 3 4 times in a month or two pls advice?

I have pinworms and I don't have any itching problem only they crawl out of my anus evry 3 4 times in a month or two pls advice?

Pinworms are...: ...relatively easy to diagnose & treat but often difficult to eradicate. All household members should be treated at the same time with albendozole or a similar antiparasitic. Everyone should scrub under their nails too. Wash bedsheets, towels & undergarments & clean your toilet (s) with a strong disinfectant at the same time. This will help prevent recurrence. Namaste. ...Read more

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How often so pinworms cause itching? Been having nocturnal itching a few times in the past month (But only like 2-3 nights & not consecutive).

How often so pinworms cause itching? Been having nocturnal itching a few times in the past month (But only like 2-3 nights & not consecutive).

Anal itching: Other diagnosis such as hemoroids, fungal skin infections come to mind for an adult. Pinworms are not usually seen in adults. See a doctor for anoscopy examination by Family Doctor or GI specialist. ...Read more

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Do I have pinworms? My anus is itching mostly at night but daytime also. I scratched and there were few white lines could barely see them. What to do?

? Pinworms: Your description fits, but to be sure you need to be tested or treated empirically, in the US a prescription is needed, probably in your country too, albendazole or mebendazole is the drug. If you turn to be truly infected with pinworms, household may need to be treated as well, as they may be asymptomatic carriers, see your doctor who would direct you better, good luck ...Read more

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If I have had no itching since I found pinworms and took the medication does that mean they're dead or gone?

If I have had no itching since I found pinworms and took the medication does that mean they're dead or gone?

Pinworms: Should be treated with 2 doses of medication; 2 weeks apart. All family members should be treated. All the best. ...Read more

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Itching and irritation in rectal area and near tailbone, intermittent, but often spontaneously, sometime at night. Can be pinworms?

Possible: An appropriate test can be done by your doctor.
Treatment is easy, but diagnosis is important.
Empiric ie. Non diagnosed treatment is sometimes is given by docs, but do consult with your primary doctor. ...Read more

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What causes anal itching beside pinworms?

What causes anal itching beside pinworms?

Most common problem: Is hemorrhoids. Try tub baths a few times a week instead of shower, use pre-moistened wipes in a dabbing rather than "sandpaper" motion, prep h is worth a try. If this doesn't work, pcp or medical GI help. ...Read more

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Anal itching from pinworms vs. Hemorrhoids?

Anal itching from pinworms vs. Hemorrhoids?

It can actually: Be from either pinworms or hemorrhoids. Your physician should be able to help differentiate these. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to find a pinworm, or can the doctor prescribe medicine just for butt itching?

Is it necessary to find a pinworm, or can the doctor prescribe medicine just for butt itching?

????????????: If you want to treat butt itching use a cold wash wrag and apply OTC hydrocortisone twice a day. That helps if you have PW or not. Since food intolerance, food allergy, yeast, strep and many other agents can cause an itchy butt, your chance of getting relief by assuming the cause is minimal. ...Read more

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I have pinworms. Had albendazole (1 tablet a week) for 5 weeks now. And it's not working. Same anal itching. Please what should I do?

Separate issue: The anal itching is causes by an allergic reaction to the glue like mucous PW eggs are deposited in around the anus. Place hydrocotizone cream on the area 2X daily to treat the itching. A cold wash of the affected skin can give temporary relief. You may or may not be re-infected by PW, but symptomatic relief will take targeted therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

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