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(HealthDay News) -- Pinworms are thin and white and typically measure 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in length.
An infection, which can be treated with an antibiotic, typically occurs among school-age children.
The foundation offers this advice to prevent a pinworm infection:
- Wash in the morning, since pinworms lay their eggs at night. Showering can be more effective than taking a bath in preventing a pinworm infection.
- Change underwear and bed sheets daily.
- Wash clothing, towels and bedsheets in hot water and dry on high heat.
- Don't scratch the anal area.
- Trim your child's fingernails so there's less space for eggs to collect.
- Discourage nail biting.
- Wash hands thoroughly after having a bowel movement and before eating.
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