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Pinworms (Symptoms, Pictures, Transmission, and Treatment)


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Comment from: Vishala, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I came out from the bathroom and felt itchy in my anus. I took a torch and saw that it was a worm. I got scared. I took deworming tablets for the past 15 days. But I think it's not working for the pinworms. I am really scared.

Comment from: Parasitic, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

Itch in rectal area, wriggling feeling in the anus, painful urination, wriggling feeling in nostrils, severe constipation, joint pain at night, and rash on chest and arms were my symptoms of pinworms. I started taking 3 probiotics and 9 garlic cloves daily. Put VapoRub in and around anus at night. Finally I am rid of them after years of problem.

Comment from: Bugs, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 28

Feeling something moving in my anus, I wonder if they are pinworms. I can't see anything, and feel no itchiness, just something moving. I get nauseous often but been thinking it is due to the hernia in my stomach.

Comment from: Keeti, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 28

I am feeling so uncomfortable while I have bowel movement. At my anus it's like the skin is breaking when I'm trying pass the stools, and after that it is continually paining at the anus. I wonder if it might be pinworms.

Comment from: Curious, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

Tonight while sitting on the couch, I felt something moving inside the rectum area. It is not itchy, just feels like something is moving or wiggling. I wonder if it could be pinworms. I've been on antibiotics for two weeks for an insect bite.

Comment from: Andrew Heita, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 04

Something is moving in my colon or anus but sometimes annoying me too much. I wonder if they are pinworms.

Comment from: gina moore, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I felt tired, bloated. I can't understand why they say pinworms are not harmful. How can that be! I did not feel the same. Doctors need to be more educated on this.

Comment from: hernandez, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I first noticed my health started spiraling fast. In 6 years I started noticing outbreaks of rashes on my legs. Now 6 years later my liver is damaged, I noticed some stringy thread looking things in my motion. I don't even know how many times I went in to hospitals over these last 6 years. I went into premature labor, I am diabetic, and on my scalp line I get these huge itchy welts. I didn't know what I was experiencing but there's also crystal like splinter looking thing that came out of my ankles when I put some medicine from Mexico to treat scabies. I also get these very painful splinter feeling things in my vagina when I attempt to bathe every day and get tired. I have soreness on my legs, stomach aches and am nauseous and wonder if this sounds like I might have pinworms.

Comment from: Subramany, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

Difficulty due to pinworm started one year back. I used albendazole, mebendazole, etc., in large quantities, but no use.

Comment from: pinwormkiller, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

Last week I started to feel this itchy sensation in my rectal area, and I assumed it was just because I possibly did not wipe myself well. But then it was not going away and it somewhat started to be painful. I never experienced this before. But still I shrugged it off like I did the first time. Then one night I went to the bathroom and scratched my rectum and I found one under my nail! I was horrified. As soon as I could I disposed of the wretched thing. I told a close friend. Then the next day I sought medical attention and had pinworms.

Comment from: mew, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

It started with a sore bottom and got worse with itch redness, and skin breakdown. Then they traveled toward the vaginal area, where urination was painful and itching continued.


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Comment from: Kk, 7-12 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

Itchy down there. Some came out in the bathroom, little white wriggly things.

Comment from: Sapfire, 13-18 (Patient) Published: April 30

I had them as a child. Now I have them again!

Comment from: tickle, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

Two months ago, my daughters had pinworms. I didn't have any symptoms until after a doctor confirmed that my daughters had them. A few days later, I felt a tickle in my rectum like something moving. I had had pinworms once or twice when I was a child and remembered what it felt like, so I instantly rushed to the bathroom to see if I was correct or just being paranoid since my daughters had them. I found 2 worms. I got them out and never had any symptoms again. I still checked my bowel movements in the toilet every time afterwards for quite a while but never saw anything so I thought that maybe I had just stopped the worms just as it was beginning and now they were gone. I never did research online about it. A few days ago, I randomly felt a tickle again. I ran to the bathroom again and got another worm out using a mirror. Disgusting, I know, but I'd rather get it out! Yuck! So I assume that I have had them this whole time and definitely will be getting OTC medication. Now that I think back the last 2 months, I have been having bowel movements much more often. I have one every day or two whereas typically I only have a bowel movement once or twice a week. Each time I felt the tickle, it was after a bowel movement. I never saw worms in the toilet though and I never have a tickle or itching at night or any other time.

Comment from: norma, 65-74 Female Published: January 19

My children got them when they were young from a stray cat that they put on the bed. Our whole family got them and was treated. Now they say that they weren't caused from animals.

Comment from: craig, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 13

I had this when I was a kid. I remember the seeing the worms and being amazed but they must have gone away because I never told my parents about them. Now thirty-nine years later, here they come again driving me crazy at night.

Comment from: Richard, 75 or over Male Published: December 05

I have had pin worms off and on since childhood. Now I am 87. Again I have them so will take action to purge them out once again. The itch is very noticeable.

Comment from: Grandma, 3-6 (Caregiver) Published: December 05

All my grandkids ages 4, 5, and 6 have itching bottoms. Also red spots, like a rash on their bottoms.

Comment from: little one, 3-6 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

With pinworms, I had itchy privates and pain at night.

Published: September 26

When I had pinworms, I had an extremely itchy anus, mostly at night. That didn't go away or ease up! I have no idea HOW I contacted them as there are no children present here. Pin- X helps.

Comment from: 7-12 Male Published: July 18

We live in HK. I took my boys to Vancouver last summer. My little one told me couple of times that "there are worms in my poop," but he has developmental delay, so I really didn't pay any attention at first because I thought he didn't know what he was saying. But one night, after he pooped, he said it again, then I took a look in the toilet and I freaked out! I saw so many white worms in the poop, and they're alive! It was really creepy and I was so scared. Later that night when my son was sleeping, I checked his bottom, saw some worms crawling out. I searched the internet and I was pretty sure what they were. So I took my boys to the clinic the next day and got the medication, I also treated the elder one and me just in case. It came back to the little one after couple of months, we used the same treatment. Now it's another summer holiday, and we're in Vancouver again, and I just found out my boy has got pinworms again! But I'm more calm now, compared the first image I saw, it's nothing now. I'm taking the boys to the doctor again tomorrow. I don't understand why this keeps happening.

Comment from: Rebecca, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

My pinworm infection started with an itchy anus proceeded by itchy face, insomnia, and irritability. I have treated this a few times but it seems to come back after about three months. My doctor and I are both bewildered by this. I seem to be highly resistant to medication for it.


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Comment from: 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 01

One night before bed my 4 year old daughter jumped up telling me "there's a tickle in my bottom!" She had never said that before. She asked me to look and I saw a little white worm. I took it out and put it between tape. I was freaked out! I was surprised to find out how common pin worms are. Still didn't make me feel any less worried or sickened. We continue to clean everything and treat her with medications to be sure.

Comment from: Miedo, Female (Patient) Published: February 25

In the weeks previous to diagnosis, I experienced anal itching off and on. Then it became noticeable that it was always at night around 9 p.m. and quite severe. It was accompanied by a "tickling" or a feeling that "something was moving" in the rectal area. As it worsened, I became panicky and fearful about that time every evening. Finally, on a Sunday, I called my health care provider and she prescribed Mebendazole 100 mg. I was to take one the first day, one in one week and one the week after that. I took the first one, thought I felt better, then two days later I was sure I felt it again, though less severe. I went ahead and took another tablet. Things lessened, but two days later I became sure I was feeling it again. I am possibly going to take another tablet. I think one of the worst things about this is psychologically I feel fearful, dirty, anxious and powerless. I have seen enough pictures of what they look like to really "creep me out." What makes it even worse is that I am a health care professional and never even dreamed I could pick this up. I feel this is devastating me, at least for now. I feel like crying and I am not sure if I really feel it now or am just imagining it. I have looked with a mirror and cannot see what I think I feel....To tell you the truth I am scared.


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