Health Tip: Combat a Pinworm Infection

(HealthDay News) -- Pinworms are intestinal worms that may be easily spread and are common in children.

The Mayo Clinic recommends these tips to help prevent pinworm infections or keep them from spreading:

  • Shower in the morning and carefully wash the anal area, as pinworms lay eggs while the infected person sleeps.
  • To help get rid of eggs, change the sheets and the infected person's underwear each day.
  • Wash all clothing, towels, washcloths and sheets in hot water.
  • Don't scratch the anal area. Trim an infected child's fingernails to reduce the risk of eggs collecting. Make sure the child doesn't bite his or her nails.
  • Clean all toilet seats every day to help get rid of eggs.
  • Always wash hands after using the toilet, changing a diaper and before eating.

-- Diana Kohnle

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