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All You Need To Know About Pinworm Infectio


Pinworm infection can cause restless sleep.

Pinworm infection is the most common type of human intestinal worm infection in the US, according to the CDC. [1]

- Mostly affects school going children (aged 5-10 years)
- Highly contagious. Infection occurs by unintentionally ingesting or inhaling pinworm eggs
- Tape test required
- Affects both the sexes

Pinworms are commonly known as threadworms or seatworms. They are white and tiny, pin-shaped worms that live in the human colon and rectum. About one-quarter to half an inch long, the pinworms leave the intestine through the anus. These worms deposit their eggs on the surrounding skin of the anus. Pinworms cause troublesome anal itching especially at night.


Dont cause serious problems. However, consult a doctor in case of severe anal itching, especially at night.

People may experience:
Nocturnal anal itching, restless sleep, vaginal itching - if adult worms move to the vagina, feeling irritable, abdominal spasms.


Self-care: Bathe after waking up, wash your pajamas and bed sheets often, wash your hands regularly (especially after using the bathroom or changing diapers), change your underwear daily, avoid nail biting, and scratching the anal area. Dont share towels.

Medications: The most common prescription medicine is albendazole (Albenza) or over-the-counter treatment like pyrantel pamoate (Reeses Pinworm Medicine).

Specialists: For other kinds, consult a physician or a pediatrician. At mfine, we have the best team of doctors to help you with different health issues. Contact us to get holistic treatment.

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