‘The Dog Gave the Kids Pinworm!’ and Other Pinworm Infection Myths

Pinworms are a topic that people don’t like to talk about, and as such there are myths about pinworm infection and how it spreads. Reese’s Pinworm Medicine has been treating pinworm infection over-the-counter for more than 30 years, and during this time we have heard everything there is to hear about pinworms.

Here are some of the most common pinworm myths we hear, as well as the facts related to them.

Pets Can Carry Pinworm Infection (and Transfer it to People)

One of the most common myths we hear about pinworm infection is that it is something your family can get from your dog or cat. According to the CDC, pinworms are a parasite that only infects humans.

Rest assured, Fido doesn’t need to take Reese’s Pinworm Medicine with the rest of the family when you are experiencing an infection.

Pinworms Only Happen to Kids

While pre-school and school age children are some of those most likely to contract a pinworm infection, pinworms don’t exclusively target kids. Adults can (and do) get pinworms as well, making it important to treat the entire family if one of you experiences an infection.

Pinworms and Uncleanliness Go Hand-in-Hand

Why do parents hate talking about pinworms? Not only because the idea of worms wiggling around your child’s behind is gross… but also because of the common misconception that pinworms are related to uncleanliness. Pinworm infection occurs worldwide, affecting people of all ages and socioeconomic levels.

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