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How to Treat Pinworm Infection Topic Guide

Pinworm Infection Pinworm Infection: Pinworms (Enterobius vermicularis) are the most common human worm infection in the United States. Both children and adults are at risk for getting pinworms. An itchy rectal area is the most common symptom of pinworms. Pinworms are visible to the naked eye, but their eggs are not. Pinworms are ingested via person-to-person contamination. The female pinworms lays eggs around the anal, urethra, or vagina. The tape test is an easy way to diagnose pinworms. Medication to treat both children and adults include albendazole (Albenza) and mebendazole (Vermox). Washing bedding, clothing, toys, and other items the infected person has used or touches also is recommended.

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Pinworm Infection Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

Medications:

ivermectin Ivermectin

Ivermectin is an anti-parasite medication...learn more »

albendazole Albendazole

Albendazole is an anthelmintic (an-thel-MIN-tik) or anti-worm medication. It prevents newly hatched insect larvae (worms) from growing or multiplying in your...learn more »

mebendazole Mebendazole

Mebendazole is an anthelmintic (an-thel-MIN-tik) or anti-worm medication. It prevents newly hatched insect larvae (worms) from growing or multiplying in your...learn more »