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What is pinworm infection?

Pinworm infection is an infection of the large intestine and anal area by a small, white parasite that resembles a "worm." The medical name for the parasite is Enterobius vermicularis, but it is commonly termed a pinworm in both the lay and medical literature. These parasites are also termed seatworms or threadworms, and the infections is medically termed enterobiasis or helminthiasis. Pinworms and other parasitic worms (as a group are termed helminths) feed off of the host animal by adsorbing nutrients from the host animal. Pinworm infections are the most common helminth infection that occurs in the US. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 40 million people are infected with pinworms currently in the US.

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Comment from: eduan, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 14

I am struggling to get the pinworm infection under control with my 13-year-old daughter. I noticed it at 1-year-old. We are still struggling and we are a family of six. No one else has it.

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Comment from: Nudebie, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 01

My 13 year old daughter has also been suffering with pinworms since the age of 1. Medications have never helped. So I just try to control the outbreaks most nights while she"s sleeping.

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