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Itchy anal region? – Pinworm infection Symptoms Checker

 

Enterobiasis (also known as Pinworm infection) is a parasitic infection that causes itching around the anus. It mostly affects people under eighteen years old, although adults can have it too.

The pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis) is a nematode parasite that infects the colon and rectum of people. This parasite lives in the first portion of the colon; nevertheless, a female pinworm migrates to the anus during the night, where it inserts its tail in the anus’ lining for placing its eggs. The parasite’s process of discharging its eggs is what causes itching with other possible symptoms and complications.

The eggs are a source of further infection either for the one that has them or others. For example, an egg can stick to objects or float in the air; if someone touches those objects or inhales that air, they can become infected. If someone has eggs in its anus and does not have good hygiene measures, it is possible to place those eggs right back in the mouth, perpetuating the infection. Besides, when the egg hatches, larvae within the anus can find their way back to the intestines. Therefore, several ways exist for this infection to spread, either to other people or for oneself, without the correct measures.

This infection affects children the most. Typically children that are going to school between five and nine years. However, regarding adults, it is common for this infection to appear in people between thirty and forty years because of transmission from their own school-aged children.

This disease, most of the time, does not cause any complications. It is also easily treatable. Still, the importance of identifying this infection is to avoid its spreading.

Among the risk factors for developing this infection, there are living with a person with the eggs, eating without washing hands, and overall having poor personal hygiene. Consequently, although treatment is readily available and effective when used as indicated by a doctor. Without the correct preventive measures, it is possible to acquire the infection again.

This tool is a Pinworm infection Symptoms Checker. It gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for this disease.

Most of the time, with just a complete assessment of symptoms, signs, and risk factors, a doctor can diagnose pinworm infection. However, in order to confirm the diagnosis, there are techniques available as cellophane-tape examination.

This tool has questions that aim to find the most important symptoms and risk factors for pinworm infection. Therefore, the tool will tell anybody who uses it the likelihood that their symptoms are because of enterobiasis.

Keep in mind that the tool does not replace a doctor’s assessment or the necessary confirmatory exams. Also, sometimes this infection does not cause any symptoms. That is to say, it is possible not to have any symptoms and still carry the parasite in the intestines.

The tool will only talk about a likelihood; using it is free and would only take a few minutes.

  • Question of

    Does the patient have ten years old or less?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have twenty-five years or more, and there are children with fourteen years or less in your household?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with enterobiasis or pinworm infection in the past?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    In your household, does someone (especially children) have been diagnosed with enterobiasis or pinworm infection?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    In your household live children below eighteen years old, and you all tend to not wash your hands before eating? (Click yes only if there are children in your household)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you or your children have itching in the area surrounding the anus?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this anus itching is so intense that you or your children tend to scratch within that area?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you or your children have itching in the area surrounding the anus, especially at night?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you or your children have itching in the area surrounding the anus, especially at morning?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you or your children are having sleep problems that could be attributed to this anal itching problem?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you or your children are having stomachache or are losing appetite?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does the anus’s itching is so bad that the child remains irritated?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a fever? (preferably use a thermometer which needs to shows more than 101,3 °F or touch your forehead and determine if the temperature is increased)

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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