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?
Diagnosis of Enterobiasis is based on finding of eggs or adult pinworms. A low power microscope reveals individual eggs. General physicians apply a scotch tape to the anal area to pick up worms for examination
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.