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Pinworms

Pinworms are the most common parasitic infection. They are a type of roundworm & get their name from the females’ pin-like tail.


Pinworms mainly infect the colon and cause itching of the anus, especially at night when the females come out to lay their eggs. Other symptoms include vaginal itching, gut pain, diarrhea and sleeplessness. Pinworms can also travel from the anus into the vagina, affecting the uterus, fallopian tubes, and other pelvic organs. This may result in other infections, including vaginitis and endometritis. Some people who are infected do not have symptoms.


Pinworms primarily infect young children and their parents. The eggs are microscopic and a female can lay 10-15,000 at a time. They are contracted from infected toys, bedding, door handles and toilet seats. They can also be sexually transmitted and even become airborne. They can linger on objects and in the air for a few weeks.


The life cycle from swallowing eggs to the appearance of new eggs around the anus is 4 to 8 weeks, which can make treatment challenging. Some people are able to eradicate the infection from over the counter medication but some need a more comprehensive protocol. If that's you, let's chat to see how I can help.



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