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Perianal pruritus is the hallmark symptom of pinworm infection1
- Perianal and perineal itching are the most common symptoms of pinworm
infections. Severe irritation of the anal area can lead to intense scratching and
- The itching is often worse at night when female pinworms are migrating out of the anus to lay eggs
- Sleep disturbance, restlessness, and irritability are other symptoms attributed to pinworm
- Pinworm should be suspected in young children with perianal pruritus and restless sleep2
Other, less common symptoms are1,3:
|Abdominal pain||Dysuria||Teeth grinding|
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), occasional complications in females include4:
|Vulvovaginitis||Pelvic granulomas||Peritoneal granulomas|
Symptoms of intense anal itching and sleep disturbance are generally strong indications of pinworm infection.
Visual identification of pinworms in the perianal region after the infected person is asleep is one possible way of diagnosing pinworm. The most common diagnostic method is called the “tape test.”3
A tape test diagnosis is made by applying clear adhesive tape to the perianal area, then examining the tape under a microscope for the presence of pinworm eggs. For the highest level of accuracy, this test should be conducted on 3 consecutive mornings.3
Courtesy of Bioresonance Therapy.