Pinworms Home Care
Home care for pinworms includes:
- Wash underwear and pajamas in hot water every day.
- Wash sheets in hot water every day.
- Take a warm bath once a day.
- Wash hands and scrub fingernails after using the toilet and before eating.
- All household contacts should be treated for pinworm at the same time.
- Children may return to school after the first dose of medication.
Medications for itching due to pinworms include:
- An oral antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- For children (1 to 6 years) give 6.25-12.5 mg of Benadryl every four to six hours
- For children (6-12 years) give 12.5-25 mg of diphenhydramine every four to six hours
- Adults may take 25 to 50 mg of diphenhydramine every four to six hours as needed
- Anti-itching cream such as:
- Benadryl Itch Stopping Cream
- A steroid cream such as a 0.5 to 1% hydrocortisone cream or ointment such as:
- Prescribed oral antihistamines
- Prescribed corticosteroid medications should be taken as directed
Pinworms Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have pinworms and any of the following:
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