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Not sure if this is pinworms or what, but should I just get treated anyway?

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Dr. Robert Stuart
Family Medicine
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In brief: Your doctor can

A scotch tape test can be done for you.
You set your alarm to wake up in the middle of the night (when the pinworms are usually active) and press a piece of scotch tape to your anus. The tape is then stuck to a microscope slide and the laboratory can look for pinworm eggs. A stool sample for ova and parasites is not as good a way to diagnose. Some just do presumptive tx if exposed.

In brief: Your doctor can

A scotch tape test can be done for you.
You set your alarm to wake up in the middle of the night (when the pinworms are usually active) and press a piece of scotch tape to your anus. The tape is then stuck to a microscope slide and the laboratory can look for pinworm eggs. A stool sample for ova and parasites is not as good a way to diagnose. Some just do presumptive tx if exposed.
Dr. Robert Stuart
Dr. Robert Stuart
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: For what ?

Sometimes people find thread like debris in their poop that is just debris from digestive action on their food,usually derived from vegetables.
The itching, if present on your bottom comes from a dermatitis triggered when the worm lays eggs in the crack. You can get the same type of skin reaction to food allergies, yeast, and bacterial infections including strep A.Won't fix it if you are wrong

In brief: For what ?

Sometimes people find thread like debris in their poop that is just debris from digestive action on their food,usually derived from vegetables.
The itching, if present on your bottom comes from a dermatitis triggered when the worm lays eggs in the crack. You can get the same type of skin reaction to food allergies, yeast, and bacterial infections including strep A.Won't fix it if you are wrong
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine

In brief: Pinworms

See a physician or nurse practitioner for a diagnosis which is easy to make.
Treatment is usually recommended for all household contacts. Bedding needs changing too.

In brief: Pinworms

See a physician or nurse practitioner for a diagnosis which is easy to make.
Treatment is usually recommended for all household contacts. Bedding needs changing too.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
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