You or your child has symptoms of
pinworm infection, and no one in your household has had the infection before.
You see pinworms on your child
(when bathing the anal area or wiping his or her bottom) or on your child's
bedding or clothes.
You or your child has symptoms, you have not seen any worms, and
you want to see the doctor even though you or your child has had the infection before.
You have started over-the-counter medicine to
treat the pinworms, and the infection has not cleared up. (Do not use an
over-the-counter medicine for pinworms in a child younger than 2 without first
talking to a doctor.)
You have had a pinworm infection recently and
now have symptoms of reinfection.
Your doctor prescribed medicine for pinworms, and the
infection has not cleared up within the expected time frame (usually within 4
to 6 weeks).
You or your child is having side effects from medicine
for pinworm infection.
You or your child with a pinworm infection
develops other symptoms.
Redness, tenderness, or
swelling in the genital area may be a sign of skin
Itching in the genital area or vagina may be a sign of
vaginal pinworm infection.
Pain when urinating, frequent or urgent
urination, or lack of control of urination may be a sign of pinworm infection of
Watchful waiting is not appropriate
when a person has symptoms of a pinworm infection. Although pinworm infections
are usually mild and do not cause any serious health problems, treatment should
be considered because it helps stop the spread of the infection to others and
helps prevent reinfection.
The smallpox vaccine prevents smallpox. For most people, it is safe and effective. Most people experience normal, typically mild reactions to the vaccine, which indicate that it is beginning to work. Some people may experience reactions that require medical attention.
Watchful waiting may not be appropriate
for family members of a person infected with pinworms. If one member of a
family has a pinworm infection, it is very likely that other members also are
infected. This is very important if a family member is pregnant. A pregnant
woman may not be able to take pinworm medicine, and treating all other members
of the household may decrease the likelihood of her getting the infection. Some
doctors recommend treating all members of the family to help prevent
reinfection and the spread of infection.
Who To See
Health professionals who can diagnose and treat pinworm
Nurse practitioners (NP).
Physician assistants (PA).
Family medicine doctors.
complications of pinworm infection develop, you may
need to see a specialist who deals with conditions affecting the body system
involved, such as:
infectious disease specialist.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.