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Pinworms (cont.)

Can a Child or Adult Become Reinfected with Pinworms?

  • It is common to become reinfected with pinworms several months after treatment.
  • If the symptoms recur, should call a doctor and be treated again.

What Can You Do to Prevent Getting Pinworms?

  • 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.

What's the Outlook for a Person Who Gets Pinworms?

  • 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.

REFERENCE: Huh, Sun, MD. "Pinworm (Enterobiasis)." Medscape. Updated Aug 16, 2017

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/15/2017

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