What is pinworm?
Pinworm is an illness caused by a parasitic intestinal
The adult female worms lay eggs in the anal
The disease is spread when the infected child
scratches the anal area and then touches food or
objects that other children put into their mouths.
most common symptom is itchiness around the
Symptoms may recur every 6 to 8 weeks,
(which is the natural life cycle of the parasite).
However, many children with this infection have no
symptoms at all.
How is pinworm spread?
Poor hygiene increases the risk of infection with
How can pinworm be prevented?
Strict attention to hand washing in children and
adults is essential to limit the spread of this
Hands should be washed thoroughly with warm
soapy water, after using the toilet or after
assisting a child with toilet use.
Hands should be washed before eating, before
preparing food and before feeding a child.
Hand washing should include cleaning under the
Frequent bathing and changing of
undergarments and bed linens can also reduce
the spread of infection.
What do I do if my child has pinworm?
If you think that your child may have pinworm,
contact your pediatrician for diagnosis and
Once the diagnosis of pinworm is made, a
child needs to be excluded from school or daycare
until treatment with medication specific for
pinworms has begun.
contacts of infected children will also require
Where can I get more information?
Contact your physician or the Southern Nevada Health District, Office of Epidemiology at (702) 759-1300.