Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pinworms Overview

What are pinworms?
A person with pinworms has an intestinal infection caused by tiny white worms, called Enterobius vermicularis. The infection causes intense itching around the anus. About 20 percent of children between 5 and 10 years old are infected with pinworms each year in the US.

What are the symptoms of pinworms?
Symptoms of pinworms include severe anal itching and the presence of tiny white thread-like worms around the anus. Additional symptoms of pinworms include bedwetting, insomnia, anorexia, and vaginal itching.

How does the doctor treat pinworms?
Treatment for pinworms includes antibiotic medications, such as mebendazole, pyrantel, or albendazole.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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