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What are the symptoms of pinworms in children and adults?

If symptoms are present, they are similar in both children and adults. The signs and symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • Intense (pruritus) around the anus and/or vagina
  • Discomfort in the anal and/or vaginal area
  • Rash or skin irritation around the anus or vagina
  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping and/or restlessness due to irritation of skin
  • Pinworms often can be seen on the anal skin or in the stools, sometimes detected in the vagina and may produce some vaginal discharge

Less common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Secondary bacterial infections from intense skin scratching
  • Infrequent infection of the ureters and/or bladder may cause dysuria or bladder discomfort

Many infected children and adults have few or no symptoms but, if the infection is heavy, the symptoms can be correspondingly more severe.

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Comment from: worried, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I had pinworms from age 5 to 11. My mother tried to manually treat the infection at home. I would like to know about the long- term impact on development or on physical health.

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