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  • Practice good hygiene. Washing your hands before eating or preparing meals helps prevent spread of infection.
  • Avoid scratching the anal region.
  • Avoid biting the fingernails.
  • Keep fingernails short and clean.
  • Wash all bedding and pajamas regularly.
  • Be sure your child changes underwear daily.
  • Frequently vacuum the play area.
  • Despite these measures, it still may be quite difficult to avoid reinfecting yourself or spreading pinworms to others.


  • Pinworm infections are easy to treat, and the pinworms go away.
  • Because the pinworm infection is so highly contagious, it is not unusual for infections to recur.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/19/2015

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