- 6 Months ago
Pinworm infection refers to an infection of the large intestine and anal area by a small white parasite that resembles a worm. This often occurs in school-aged children and preschoolers. Pinworm infection can spread from person to person as the pinworm eggs can survive up to two weeks on bedding, clothing or other objects. Sometimes, infection is acquired when these eggs are accidentally swallowed, often due to inadequate hand washing by parents and children. The eggs present on bedding or objects that are touched while the eggs are still viable can also cause infection or reinfection.
What are the symptoms of Pinworm infection?
Some people have few or no symptoms, but if the infection is profound then the symptoms can be correspondingly more severe.
• Itching of the vaginal and anal area
• Irritability, insomnia and restlessness
• Abdominal pain and nausea
The risk factors associated with Pinworm infection include:
• Being of young age
• Living in crowded places
• Living in a temperature climate
Here are a few tips that may help you prevent the spread of pinworm infection:
• Pinworms lay their eggs at night and hence it's important to wash the anal area in the morning can help reduce the number of pinworm eggs on the body.
• Change your innerwear and bed linen daily.
• Wash bed sheets, towels, innerwear in hot water to help kill pinworm eggs.
• Avoid scratching the anal area and make it a point to trim your child's fingernails so there's less space for eggs to collect.
• Keep your washroom seats clean at all times.
• Discourage nail biting.
• Wash your hands after a bowel movement or before eating.
Contact your doctor if your child is experiencing insomnia, irritability, consistent or severe anal or vaginal itching!