Pinworm infection is the most common intestinal worm infection around the world and most often occurs in elementary school children due to their close interaction. Pinworms are white in color and not very long, only 1/2 inch at the longest.
Most people contract pinworms by swallowing or breathing in their eggs via food, drink, or your own fingers. Most of the time, those infected don’t even know it, but symptoms include: itching around the anus, problems sleeping, irritability, abdominal pain, and nausea.
Once the pinworm eggs are ingested, they hatch and within a few weeks are fully mature. Adult females then exit the body via the anus and lay their eggs around the anus, causing anal itching, mainly at night.
Pinworms are very easy to spend from person to person due to contaminated surfaces, toilets, bedding, even kids toys. When the female pinworms lay their eggs in the skin folds around the anus, the itching makes you itch the infected area. Pinworm eggs are then caught under your fingernails and unknowingly spread to those around via contaminated food, drinks, and even clothing.Pinworm eggs can survive for two to three weeks on surfaces.
How to treat a pinworm infection.
- sIf someone in your family has a pinworm infection, there is a treatment for it. Since it’s very easily spread from person to person, it’s recommended the entire family must be treated for pinworms. Treatment is usually oral medication prescribed by a physician and washing all underwear, bedding, and pajamas.