What Is Enterobiasis Oxyuriasis (Pinworm)?
Enterobiasis oxyuriasis, commonly know as pinworm, is a parasite that causes anal itching in children most commonly between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They are not dangerous. The disease occurs when children touch surfaces contaminated with pinworm eggs and then swallow them. The eggs hatch in the gastrointestinal tract and worms then cause itching around the anus especially at nighttime.
While most patients have only anal itching, other symptoms can include:
Pinworm is diagnosed and treated as follows…
Definite diagnosis is made upon direct visualization of the worms which tend to come out at night. Your doctor might advise you to press scotch tape around the anus at night so that the worms stick and can then be seen under a microscope. If the story fits however, many times this is not necessary before considering treatment.
- Washing all bedding and clothing
- Washing hands well and cutting your child’s nails
- Trying not to itch
- A one-time medication then taken a second time 2 to 3 weeks later
- Treatment for surrounding friends and family may be warranted
Should your child stay home from school?
See a doctor in person if…
- Itching persists after treatment
- Your child develops bad abdominal pain