Pinworms are a common problem in small children living in temperate climates. They are caused by the infestation of the parasite enterobius vermicularis. This worm is usually transmitted between people by eggs that are in bedding, clothing, toys, or by touching. The eggs may live up to 21 days on these items. The eggs are then transmitted to the mouth or inhaled and then ingested. In the digestive tract, they will mature into adult worms and migrate to the anus usually at night while in bed. The worms cause itching of the perianal area. Dr. Metcalfe recommends treating the whole family to eradicate pinworms.
Signs and Symptoms:
Pinworm Management Protocol: Remember to treat the whole family.