Pinworms are most commonly ingested by inhaling a Pinworm egg. From there, the problem gets worse and worse. After these eggs have hatched and the Pinworms are old enough, they will crawl out of the host’s anus and lay eggs there. This whole process can happen in a matter of weeks. Pretty gross, huh?
What are Pinworms?
Pinworms are the most common infection throughout all of America. While millions of people get them each year, many of us have never heard of them and don’t know what the signs are or what to do next if we feel we have become infected.
Most commonly, Pinworms affect children from the ages of 5 and 10 because they aren’t as hygienic as adults and tend to not wipe their bottoms and hands as much simply because they don’t understand the importance. Teaching our children why cleanliness is important can help them avoid such issues from occurring.
If your child is complaining of an itchy bottom, especially at night then you may want to have a closer look. Female Pinworms are very active at night, as this is the time of the day when they crawl outside the rectum and lay more eggs on their host.
How Pinworms Spread
Keep in mind, this problem is typically not major and not as harmful as it sounds; it’s more of a nuisance than anything else and is not going to cause serious health problems. Still, it’s best to get rid of them as soon as you can because they can spread quickly.
As children scratch their rectums, the eggs are going to be on their fingers and can quickly transfer to various places that other people are going to touch.
Getting tested is very easy. Simply go to your doctor and they will use something called Butt Tape on the anus. They will look at the contents of the tape under a microscope to let you know if they have found eggs or not. Once they have determined that yes, your child has Pinworms; it’s time to do something to stop them from spreading.
Your doctor will most likely prescribe your child with a product called Vermox. This is the most commonly used drug to get kill Pinworms and takes no time at all to get rid of the problem.
Typically within a few treatments, you will be good to go. If this is a bit too pricey for your taste, there are many over the counter drugs as well that work just as effectively.
Prevention and Personal Hygiene
To help get rid of Pinworms as well as keep them from coming back, it is very important to make sure things like your bedding, clothes and hands are kept clean all of the time. As with most diseases or infections, staying clean is always at the top of the list when it comes to prevention. Pinworm eggs are very easy to kill; they are not as strong as say, flea eggs; so simple cleaning with soap and water goes a long way.
Once you’ve experienced Pinworms once, you are not going to want to ever have to deal with them again. Go out of your way to make sure your children’s hands and bodies are clean. Letting them wash their own hands is fine, but it may be best to stand by in case they aren’t cleaning as effectively as they should.
Kids love doing things right, so if you show them how to clean and do so in a fun way, you should go a long time or even the rest of your life without having to ever see or deal with those nasty things ever again.