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What Increases Your Risk
Factors that increase the risk of being infected by pinworms include:
Factors that increase the risk of spreading pinworm infections include:
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if:
Watchful waiting is not appropriate when a person has symptoms of a pinworm infection. Although pinworm infections are usually mild and do not cause any serious health problems, treatment should be considered because it helps stop the spread of the infection to others and helps prevent reinfection.
Watchful waiting may not be appropriate for family members of a person infected with pinworms. If one member of a family has a pinworm infection, it is very likely that other members also are infected. This is very important if a family member is pregnant. A pregnant woman may not be able to take pinworm medicine, and treating all other members of the household may decrease the likelihood of her getting the infection. Some doctors recommend treating all members of the family to help prevent reinfection and the spread of infection.
Who To See
Health professionals who can diagnose and treat pinworm infections include:
If complications of pinworm infection develop, you may need to see a specialist who deals with conditions affecting the body system involved, such as:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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