What Increases Your Risk
Factors that increase the
risk of being infected by
pinworms include: Age. Pinworm infections are most common in
preschool and school-age children. 1 Household contact. If one child in a home gets a
pinworm infection, it is likely that other children in the home will have the
infection. Parents are also more likely to get the infection. Attending day care centers, schools, and summer camps. Pinworms are easily transmitted and spread among groups of
children. Living in an institution. Up to half of people
living in an institution may be infected by pinworms. 1
Factors that increase the risk of spreading pinworm
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Living in an institution. Pinworms are easily
transmitted and spread where people are living in close conditions (such as
institutions). Poor hygiene practices, especially poor hand-washing. An infected person can spread pinworms to others if
he or she does not wash his or her hands well. Sharing bedding. Also, fanning the bedding of an
infected person can release pinworm eggs into the air.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 02, 2010
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