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Pinworms (cont.)


  • 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 Martin E Zipser, MD; American board of Surgery

Author: John Mersch, MD, FAAP
Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, Chief Medical Editor,

Previous contributing authors and editors:

Author: Robert W Shaffer, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan Medical Center.

Coauthor(s): Brian W Cook, MD, FACEP, Medical Director of Emergency and Urgent Care Services, Saline Community Hospital; Site Coordinator, Clinical Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital, University of Michigan.

Editors: Mitchell J Goldman, DO, FAAP, FAAEM, Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine, St Vincent Emergency Physicians, Inc; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James Quinn, MD, Director of Research Department of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine University of California at San Francisco Medical Center.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/27/2014

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