Pinworm infection is the most common type of intestinal worm infection in the United States. Pinworms enter your body through your mouth and hatch eggs in your intestines. They lay eggs around your anus, making it very itchy.
Pinworm infection is very itchy. This is because the female worms crawl outside the anus to lay their eggs. When a person scratches at the eggs on their anus, their dirty fingers will transfer eggs to other surfaces, such as toys, bedclothes or other people. Pinworm eggs can survive for up to three weeks on surfaces, and that's why they spread so easily, especially among children.
Pinworms cause intense anal and/or vaginal itching, irritability, insomnia, abdominal pain and nausea. Some people with pinworms have no symptoms.
If you find out you or your child has pinworms, you can treat it at home with Pin-X. Pin-X comes in chewable and liquid forms, and can treat ages two through adult. Pin-X works generally works in a single dose. For itching, try an ointment. Though Americaine Ointment is for hemorrhoids, it contains 20% benzocaine, a powerful numbing agent. Products like these can get you through restless, sleepless, itchy nights.
To prevent pinworms from spreading, make sure to wash the anal area in the morning. This reduces the number of eggs on your or your child's body. Shower rather than taking a bath. You should also launder all bed linens, PJs, underwear and towels in hot water. Make sure you refrain from scratching and wash your hands after every bowel movement and before eating.