Facts About Pin Worms

Pin worms or seat worms are small white worms of about a quarter of an inch in length. These worms are found everywhere.

Pin worms or seat worms are small white worms of about a quarter of an inch in length. These worms are found everywhere, among the children as well as the adults although it’s more prevalent in children. The adult worms live in the upper part of the colon and feeds on the intestinal contents.

Some people have slight infections of pin worms without any noticeable symptoms but others complain of severe itching around the anal areas; some develop intense inflammations in the female organs. It causes vomiting, nausea, sleeplessness, appendicitis, lack of appetite, bedwetting, loss of weight and in children convulsion.

Mature female adult pinworms migrate out of the colon to the skin where they deposit large number of eggs in the victims. These eggs are deposited in the skin around the rectum and it causes intense itching that the patient will continue to scratch with the nails and in the process pick some of the eggs which will be transferred to the mouth and subsequently into the stomach. Inside the stomach, they’ll hatch and continue the circle again.

Pin worms are spread through many avenues. They could be spread through unhygienic disposal of infected peoples’ stools. The eggs are so little and usually blown about by the wind; it can settle on the chairs, tables, toilet seats, wash hand basins, towels, bed sheets etc. The eggs hidden under the nails could be transferred into foods and consumed. The eggs are so numerous that once it is released in an environment, it scatters all around the place. So this means that once a person contacts pin worm, all the people leaving around that area should be treated for pin worm before they are infected.

To prevent the infection of pin worm, you must inhabit a hygienic environment. Hands must be washed thoroughly with soap before and after meals especially in some developing countries where it is traditional to eat with bare hands. Thorough and frequent baths will help reduce the infection. Under wears, bed sheets, pillow cases, curtains and other household fabrics should be sterilized and washed regularly. Finger nails must be trimmed down to prevent further spread of the infection. All these tips must be inculcated into every child to protect them from being infected or spreading the infection.

In case of established infection, Piperazine is the best medicine to combat pin worms. Continuous treatment with Piperazine citrate syrup for a week will combat the pin worms. Other good medicines for pin worms are the gentian violet enteric-coated tablets and Povan, pyrvinium pamoate. Always make sure that you consult your doctor for accurate diagnosis to establish whether you are infected by a pin worm or other kinds of worm before treatment.

Picture in box (Pin worms in the appendix) by euthman on flickr.com 


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