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- Pinworms facts
- Can humans get pinworms?
- What are the symptoms of pinworms in children and adults?
- Who gets pinworms?
- How do you get pinworms?
- Can you get pinworms in the vagina?
- What do pinworms and their eggs look like (pinworm pictures)?
- Which specialties of doctors treat pinworms?
- How is the tape test used in diagnosing pinworms?
- Are there natural or home remedies that treat pinworms?
- What medicine treats pinworms?
- What are the consequences if pinworms aren't treated?
- Can pinworms be prevented?
What are the consequences if pinworms aren't treated?
Untreated pinworms may cause or have a role in causing:
- Significant malabsorption of food
- Weight loss
- Genital itching
- Bedwetting (enuresis)
- Main during urination (dysuria)
- Vaginal discharge which can be associated with genital skin irritation and rash
Complications may include endometriosis, salpingitis, urethritis, urinary tract infection (UTI), vulvovagininitis, and possibly appendicitis.
Can pinworms be prevented?
Good hygiene will help reduce the spread of the parasites.
- Hand washing after handling bedding, diapers, underwear, and other items that may contain the infective pinworm eggs will also help.
- Cleaning under the fingernails and not biting the fingernails will also help reduce the chance of contacting the parasites.
- Clothes, especially underwear, should be changed and washed daily to help prevent spreading the disease.
- Treating everyone infected in a household at the same time may help prevent recurrence and spread to others.
- Because the eggs remain infective for up to three weeks in a moist environment, prevention of spread and reinfection is difficult but possible.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Enterobiasis (also known as Pinworm Infection)." Updated Feb 9, 2016.