Enterobiasis or pinworm infection is a common, contagious, parasitic infestation found mainly in children. The disorder is spread by swallowing or inhaling the tiny eggs of the pinworm. Most symptoms of pinworm infection are mild, and many infected people have no symptoms or, at most, some itching around the anus, disturbed sleep, and irritability. However, if the infection is heavy, these symptoms may be correspondingly more severe and also include loss of appetite, restlessness, and insomnia.
HOW IS ENTEROBIASIS DIAGNOSED?
While this disease does not really have any symptoms, severe itching can be checked by a general physician to find the presence of the worm in the patient’s body. This can be done with an examination to find the worm in the perianal region. A transparent tape may also be inserted in this region and studied the next day.
HOW IS ENTEROBIASIS TREATED?
The doctor may prescribe medication like mebendazole, albendazole, or pyrantel pamoate where the first dose is given initially and the next dose comes after two weeks.
DID YOU KNOW?
It’s possible to eradicate a pinworm infection with medication and the recommended cleaning regimen. However, because pinworm eggs are invisible to the naked eye and are highly contagious, reinfection can easily occur. A person can reinfect themselves or become reinfected by eggs from another person.