Pinworm Infection: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatments

Pinworm Infections, also known as enterobiasis or oxyuriasis, are among the most prevalent intestinal worm infections in people in the US. Pinworms are white, slender worms with a size of between 2 to 5 millimeters for males and 8 to 13 millimeters for females.

Infections with pinworms can spread quickly. Children in school and those who live in close quarters (such in schools) are most likely to experience them. They frequently happen to those who interact with members of these groups on a regular basis and up close.

Pinworm infections can be successfully treated with medication, though in some cases one can get infected again after treatment. It is not likely that it leads to a more serious issue or it results in a long-term negative impact on one’s health.

Pinworms are tiny, parasitic nematodes that live in the intestines and lay eggs on the skin around the anus. They are named after the pine-like tail the female worms have.

This article will discuss with you the signs of pinworm infection, as well as possible causes and treatments.

Can you get pinworms from your pets?

Only humans can get a pinworm infection. The infection cannot be transmitted by any animal whether cats, dogs, or other pets. You do not have to treat our pets for the infection, even if people in your household may have pinworms.