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How can I prevent pinworm infection?

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  • Pinworms lay their eggs at night. Wash your anal area in the morning to reduce the number of eggs on your body. Shower to prevent possible re-contamination in bath water.
  • Don’t bathe with anyone or share towels during treatment and for two weeks after final treatment.
  • Change your underwear and bed linens each day. This helps remove eggs.
  • Wash bedsheets, nightclothes, underwear, washcloths, and towels in hot water to kill pinworm eggs. Dry them on high heat.
  • Don’t scratch your anal area. Trim your child’s nails so there’s less space for eggs to collect. Discourage nail biting.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before handling food. Teach your kids to do the same.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Pinworm Infection.”

CDC: “Pinworm Infection FAQs.”

HealthyChildren.org.: “Pinworms.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 26, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Pinworm Infection.”

CDC: “Pinworm Infection FAQs.”

HealthyChildren.org.: “Pinworms.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 26, 2018

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