What Are Pinworms?
How Can You Get Infected With Pinworm?
Who Is At Risk For Pinworm Infection?
Pinworm infection occurs worldwide and affects persons of all ages and socioeconomic levels. It is the most common worm infection in the United States. Pinworm infection occurs most commonly among
- kids; school-aged and preschool-aged children,
- institutionalized persons, and
- household members and caretakers of persons with pinworm infection.
Pinworm infection often occurs in more than one person in household and institutional settings. Child care centers often are the site of cases of pinworms in children.
What Are The Symptoms Of Pinworm Infections?
You should suspect that your child and/or family member is infected if they have these pinworm symptoms:
- Frequently scratch their anal area
- Are uncomfortable sitting
- Have difficulty sleeping
- Act restless
- Experience loss of appetite
How Do I Identify A Pinworm Infection?
How Do I Get Rid Of Pinworms?
Pinworm infection is fully treatable. The best way to get rid of pinworms is to use an over-the-counter Pyrantel Pamoate-based medication such as Reese’s Pinworm Medicine. Reese’s Pinworm Medicine is highly effective for getting rid of pinworms–usually with just one dose. Many major drug chains as well as independent pharmacies carry our product. Be sure to ask for it by name. Because pinworms are contagious, all family members need to be treated at the same time. Several children can be easily treated with a single bottle of Reese’s Pinworm Medicine. If the household is large, or has two or more adults, more than one (1) oz bottle, or a (2) oz Family Pack may be required because dosages required are based on each individual’s weight. The medicine usually takes approximately 72 hours to fully rid the system of pinworms.
For several days after treatment, clean the bedroom floor by vacuuming or damp mopping. After treatment, wash bed linens and night clothes (don’t shake them). Keep toilet seats clean.
How Do I Prevent Getting Pinworm Again?
Do not repeat treatment unless directed by a doctor. Because of the possibility that pinworm eggs may still be present in the house after your family’s initial treatment, your family doctor must be consulted to determine the next course of action for complete elimination of pinworms and/or their eggs.
These simple measures can help prevent infestation:
- Bathe or shower daily
- Frequently wash and change underwear, sleepwear, toys and bedding
- Wash hands regularly, especially after using the toilet and before eating
- Keep fingernails trimmed short
- Discourage nail biting
- Discourage touching, scratching bare anal areas
- Keep your home clean