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Information about pin worm infestation and its treatment - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hello?
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   DR.XXX here
User :   I was watching a television program a few days ago about pinworms
Doctor :   please proceed with your health query
User :   and now I'm worried that I might have them.
Doctor :   what symptoms do you have at present?
User :   I have some itching in my rectal area at night, but it's never bothered me before and I can sleep through the night
User :   and I've checked my feces and I don't see any of them
User :   how much itching is normal?
User :   I'm worried I'm just paranoid, but I read that 1 in 3 people have them. Is that true?
Doctor :   it can vary from person to person
Doctor :   a stool examination will help to find out if you have them
User :   I have looked at mine twice in the last 4 days and I haven't seen any of them
Doctor :   it is usually present in school going childreen and teens
Doctor :   rarely seen in adults
User :   I'm a 25 year old male
User :   I live with 2 other adult males
User :   however, my parents have grandchildren who visit sometimes
User :   and I visit my parents house often and use their bathroom
Doctor :   ok. if they are visible to naked eye at the time of itching, or when you have sleep disturbance due to itching, then seeking medical care is necessary
User :   I have had neither of these things so far
Doctor :   you can do onething
User :   is it normal to just have some itching at night?
Doctor :   take scotch tape and stick to area of itching when worse, do it several times
Doctor :   and take teh tape to your doctor for examination under microscope
Doctor :   to look for pinworm eggs
Doctor :   it will confirm if there is infection or not
Doctor :   if infection is found, then you will be put on treatment to eradicate pinworms
User :   What are the chances you think that I could have them?
Doctor :   in the meantime follow good hygiene 1) wash undergarments with dettol/antiseptic solution in last rinse
Doctor :   2) iron your cloths with hot iron
Doctor :   3) maintain good diet habits
Doctor :   they can be present in anyone, unless proved with tests that they are not present
User :   have you seen adult males with them?
Doctor :   when was the last time you did deworming for yourself?
User :   never that I know of
Doctor :   yes they can be seen in adults males and females
User :   Up until I saw this program I never knew about such things
Doctor :   then I would request you to go ahead with an examination and above said test to look for identifying pinworm infection
Doctor :   and treta it if found
Doctor :   and get deworming done once a year if you have abnormal symptoms
Doctor :   *treat
User :   can I just take the over the counter medication without going to the doctor?
User :   will it hurt me if I don't have them?
Doctor :   if you were having symptoms and not bothered until you saw the program, then it could be anxiety related too
User :   I hope so
User :   my roommates probably have them too if I do
Doctor :   if the infection persists then it can be problem affecting sleep and concentration
Doctor :   and result in severe infection
User :   I never have problems sleeping
User :   is that a main symptom?
Doctor :   that can be transmitted to people who come in contact with you or your personal belongings
Doctor :   main symptom is itching in rectal/anus area,
Doctor :   especially at night
User :   I need to scratch about every 5-10 minutes
User :   I can ignore it if I want to
Doctor :   you are too very worried.
Doctor :   raciper
User :   I probably was scratching it before and didn't even think about it
Doctor :   go through this link to learn more about it
Doctor :   and to relate your symptoms and see if you have it for sure when you are with relaxed state of mind
User :   raciper? I'm sorry I don't know that word.
Doctor :   XXX
User :   oh thank you
Doctor :   i am sorry
Doctor :   i meant to give you this link
Doctor :   by mistake something else went
User :   oh ok
Doctor :   not all scratching is due to pinworm
Doctor :   and not all symptoms relate to one thing
User :   well I usually have very large stools when I have a bowel movement
Doctor :   get confirmatory tests done if you are still too worried
User :   I have been like this since I was a little kid
Doctor :   it will put you at ease
Doctor :   by letting you know if infection is there or not
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