Pinworms are an infection in the intestines that is developed by worms which are tiny and parasitic. It is a form of roundworm infection and is very common and affects millions of men, women and children each year – especially children of school age.
The most typical sign of pinworm infection is a rectal area which is itchy. This symptom gets worse at night since the female worms crawl out of the anus then and are most active. At night they drop their eggs. Infections with pinworms can be very aggravating but they hardly ever develop into any serious problems with health are not believed to be dangerous. In almost all cases, routine medications prescribed by your family physician will be a successful cure.
Individuals are infected when they ingest pinworm eggs which are found on hands and surfaces which are contaminated. These include:
- Bed linens
- Clothing such as underwear and pajamas
- Bathroom fixtures
- Drinking glasses
- Eating utensils
- Desks or lunch tables
- Kitchen counters
These eggs enter the digestive tract and then hatch in the small intestine. From there, the larvae of the pinworm continue to the large intestine where they live as parasites with their heads attaching to the inside bowel wall.
After one to two months after a person gets contaminated with the eggs of the pinworm, the adult female will begin moving from the large intestine to the rectal area. There they venture out at night to lay new eggs and this triggers itching around the rectal area.
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