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Home Remedies for Pinworms

Updated on July 24, 2010

Pinworms or pinworm infection (also called Enterobiasis) is a common parasitic disease in children. Pinworms are transmitted in the same way as of roundworms, pinworms are lint-like parasites that are easy to adhere around the anus and cause anal and perineal itching, especially at night. Severe cases may be associated with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and irritability. Sometimes the diseases are spread in a large scale among children, the disease can be seen in adults too.

The clinical symptoms of the disease is characterized by itching around the anus or perineum, the disease can often affect the children’s sleep at night, with irritability, poor appetite, weight loss and so on. Pinworms can enter the vagina or urethra of girl patients, resulting in vaginitis, urethritis, etc.. A very small number of patients may suffer appendicitis or peritonitis once the worms go into the appendix and the peritoneum. Children's fingernails and fingers with worm eggs are the main causes of self-infection or transmission to others, although most of the symptoms of this disease are not serious, it can affect health badly.

Symptom of pinworms

1, Itch around the anus or perineum is caused by the toxic substances pinworm has bring in and the mechanical stimulus it generates. This happens particularly at night and seriously affect children’s sleep. As the itching is getting intense, children tend to scratch the skin around the anus, resulting in congestion, rashes, eczema, or even induce purulent infections.

2, Digestive symptoms: Pinworms can go into the gastrointestinal tract, the mechanical or chemical stimulation can cause loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and other symptoms.

3, Psychological symptoms: As the parasite in the body emits metabolites, this will lead to insomnia, anxiety, night terrors in children and so on. Pica symptoms in children's are the most common, such as eating clods, coal, salt and so on.

4, Other symptoms: such as: vaginitis, salpingitis, endometritis etc. Pinworms also can invade the appendix and peritoneum, causing occurrence of appendicitis and peritonitis.

Home remedies of pinworms

Because the ordinary life span of pinworm is only 20 to 30 days. If the patient can prevent re-infection, enterobiasis can be healed. Measures to prevent further infections are as follows:

1,Pay attention to personal hygiene, especially hand hygiene. Clip the nails frequently, wash hands before meals and stop bad behavior such as nail biting habit. Pay attention to food hygiene, wash fruits and vegetables before eating. Wash anus in the morning with warm water. Used underwear should be sterilized in boiling water, then wash. Bedding should be exposed in the sun after laundering to kill pinworm eggs.

2, Pay attention to environmental sanitation, Clean indoor appliances, toys, tables and chairs with disinfectant rags.

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