How to get rid op pinworms? Using medication like mebendazole or with natural home remedies.
First step is making the pinworm diagnosis. A doctor can make the diagnosis of pinworm by placing a sticky piece of cellophane tape against your rectum. Pinworm eggs will stick to the tape and can be seen under a microscope. 3 This is called the scotch tape test.
Follow your doctor's advice for pinworm medication to everyone in your household. Cleaning measures will help reduce spread of pinworm infection to the family.
Pinworm infection is fully treatable.
Possible pinworm complications:
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Repeated infection with the parasite (re-infestation)
The medications used for the treatment of pinworm are mebendazole, pyrantel pamoate and albendazole. All three of these drugs are to be given in 1 dose at first and then another single dose 2 weeks later. More than one household member is likely to be infected, so the entire household is often treated. The single-dose treatment is often repeated after 2 weeks. This treats worms that hatched since the first treatment.
To control the pinworm infection:
- Clean toilet seats daily
- Keep fingernails short and clean
- Wash all bed linens twice a week
- Wash hands before meals and after using the toilet
Avoid scratching the infected area around the anus. This can contaminate your fingers and everything else that you touch afterwards.
Keep your hands and fingers away from your nose and mouth unless they are freshly washed.
How is a it treated
Treating pinworms involves either prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Consult a health care provider before treating a suspected pinworm infection.
Treat the infected person:
- The infected person should take the medication orally in two doses. The second dose is given two weeks after the first.
- Bathe first thing in the morning to reduce egg contamination.
- Wash hands and under the fingernails thoroughly, after using the bathroom, before eating and after changing diapers.
- Discourage nail biting and scratching bare anal areas to avoid re-infection.
- Keep fingernails trimmed very short.
- Treat all infected family members at the same time.
Treat the infected household:
Pinworm eggs continue to be present n the feces of an infected person for up to a week after the treatment. So precautions should be taken to prevent reinfection by washing hands thoroughly, especially under the nails.
- Change and wash underwear and pajamas in hot water daily.
- Machine-wash sheets, blankets, towels and clothing in hot water to destroy eggs. Machine-dry at high temperature.
- Eggs are sensitive to sunlight, so open blinds in bedrooms in the daytime.
- Since pinworm eggs are light and scatter easily, dust should be removed carefully from all surfaces in the home. Careful vacuuming or the use of an oiled cloth (which may be boiled or destroyed later) will help prevent the eggs from scattering.
If infection occurs again, consult your doctor. Somtimes it may be necessary to treat the patient and family members more than once.