Pinworm infection occurs worldwide, and is the most common helminth (i.e., parasitic worm) infection in the United States and Western Europe. In the United States, a study by the Center of Disease Control reported an overall incidence rate of 11.4% among people of all ages.Pinworms are particularly common in children, with prevalence rates in this age group having been reported as high as 61% in India, 50% in England, 39% in Thailand, 37% in Sweden, and 29% in Denmark. Finger sucking has been shown to increase both incidence and relapse rates,and nail biting has been similarly associated. Because it spreads from host to host through contamination, enterobiasis is common among people living in close contact, and tends to occur in all people within a household. The prevalence of pinworms is not associated with gender,nor with any particular social class, race, or culture. Pinworms are an exception to the tenet that intestinal parasites are uncommon in affluent communities. The earliest known instance of pinworms is evidenced by pinworm eggs found in coprolite, carbon dated to 7837 BC at western Utah.
A pinworm ("threadworm") is a small, thin, white roundworm (nematode) called Enterobius vermicularis that sometimes lives in the colon and rectum of humans. Pinworms are about the length of a staple. While an infected person sleeps, female pinworms leave the intestine through the anus and deposit their eggs on the surrounding skin.
Signs and symptoms
The pinworms may only cause itching around your child's anus. The itching is usually the worst at night. You may be able to see adult pinworms around your child's anus. Your child may have no symptoms, or he may have any of the following:
•Decreased appetite, and losing weight without trying.
•Irritability and trouble sleeping.
•Nausea (upset tummy), or vomiting (throwing up).
•Pain in his abdomen (tummy), or diarrhea (loose, watery stools).
•Pain when urinated or bed wetting.
•Redness or bleeding around your child's anus.
•Vaginal infections in females, or infections of the urine passageways.
Enterobiasis is contracted by ingesting the eggs of pinworms, which may be carried on fingernails, clothing, toys or bedding. The eggs may also be inhaled in dust. The infection may be transmitted to others by hand-to-mouth contact with contaminated food or objects.
The female worm, residing in the rectum, usually crawls out through the anus at night and deposits her eggs in the surrounding (perianal) area. The sticky, gelatinous substance in which the eggs are deposited and the movements of the female worm usually cause intense rectal itching. The adult female worm dies after laying the eggs. However, the eggs may survive for as long as three weeks. As the child scratches the area, the tiny eggs become imbedded under the fingernails. These eggs may be swallowed, continuing the parasites' lifecycle. The parasites reach maturity in the large intestine within two to six weeks.
Did my pets give me pinworms / can I give pinworms to my pets?
No. Humans are considered to be the only hosts of E. vermicularis which is also known as the human pinworm.
Daily morning bathing and daily changing of underwear helps removes a large proportion of eggs. Showering may be preferred to avoid possible contamination of bath water. Careful handling and frequent changing of underclothing, night clothes, towels, and bedding can help reduce infection, reinfection, and environmental contamination with pinworm eggs. These items should be laundered in hot water, especially after each treatment of the infected person and after each usage of washcloths until infection is cleared.
Home Remedies for Pinworms
Traditional medicine and natural remedies have been found to be effective in eradicating pinworm infection.
Use portable "DETA-AP" or "BIOMEDIS ANDROID" devices :
"DETA-AP" Therapy 8.0-the List of treatment programs of Enterobiasis infections:
"DETA-Ritm" Therapy 8.0-the List of treatment programs of Enterobiasis infections:
"DETA AP ": The complex " Enterobiasis infections" is used once 3 days. The course of treatment is 6 sessions - a pause is 7 days-repeat.
To detox the body it is necessary to use a “Lymph and Detox” program and to drink a lot of clean not boiled water, 30 ml per 1 kg (0.5 oz per 1 lbs) of weight. This does not include your regular daily water consumption through tea, coffee, juice etc.
Use “Lymph and Detox” program every day for one month.
"DETA-Ritm": The complex " Enterobiasis infections" is used once every day. The course of treatment is 7 sessions - a pause is 2 days-repeat.