Medicine. Over-the-counter and prescription medicines come in liquid, chewable tablet, and pill forms. Women who are pregnant or
breast-feeding and children younger than 2 should not take over-the-counter
medicine without first talking to a doctor about the risks and benefits of the
Steps to prevent reinfection and the spread of infection,
hand-washing and routine washing of clothes and
bedding. These measures are important and helpful even if medicine is not being
What does it mean to be quarantined? People who have been exposed to an infectious disease and may be infected but are not yet ill may be quarantined. That is, they may be asked to remain at home or another location to prevent further spread of illness to others and to carefully monitor for the disease.
During quarantine people are able to do most things they can do indoors within the constraints of the location they are at. For example, if people are asked to stay at home then they would usually...
Signs and symptoms of pinworm infection are
present, such as itching around the
Pinworm infection of family members
and other close contacts is likely.
If severe itching is present, your doctor may prescribe a
soothing cream to be applied to the anal area. If complications of pinworm
infection develop, additional treatments may be needed.
can return to school after taking the first dose of medicine, bathing, and
trimming and scrubbing their nails. At that time they can also take part in
regular activities, such as swimming, sports, and after-school events.
What To Think About
Many people with pinworm
infections do not have symptoms and do not need treatment to cure the
infection. The infection may go away on its own, although this may take up to
14 weeks (two pinworm life cycles).
Some doctors suggest treating
all close contacts of a person with pinworms even if there are no symptoms.
Treating contacts with over-the-counter medicine can help prevent reinfection
and the spread of pinworms to other people. This is especially important in
households where pinworm infections come and go.
Treatment of all
household members may be recommended if someone in the household is pregnant,
breast-feeding, or younger than 2. These people may not be able to take pinworm
medicine, and their chance of infection may be lower if all other members of
the household are treated.
It is usually suggested that people
with symptoms get a second treatment 2 weeks after the first treatment to kill
any adult worms that may have hatched from eggs during that time. Pinworm
medicine does not kill pinworm eggs.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 02, 2010
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