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Taking Albenza for pinworms. Have constipation, nose tickling and headaches

my daugter has been diagnosed with pin worms . She has also said that she saw something long that looked like a fish it was wrapped in tape that tickles her body. Could she have some other worm. She is taking albenza and is own her second round of treaments. She is very constipated and says it feels like something gushy is trying to come out but wont. Also complaining of tickling in her nose and headaches
Asked On : Sat, 23 Feb 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hello mom,

Initial work up for worm infestations include stool examination for ova,cyst and parasites,RBC and WBC. If her stool workup showed only pinworm then most probably she has no other infestations. She is being given the right treatment with albendazole and it should take care of the worms.

Since you have not specified the age, weight of your daughter and dosage of albendazole given to her, it is difficult for me to comment on whether the symptoms your daughter is experiencing is a side effect or not.

When a high dose of albendazole is given children they can have the above symptoms like tingling sensations,headache,vomitting. Give her adequate water and fibre rich food.If the symptoms does not subside in 2 days or she complain's of vision changes, yellowing eyes/skin, severe stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine immediately consult your pediatrician for further course of action.

Hope it helps,

Dr.Soumya Nagaraja MD
Answered: Wed, 11 Sep 2013
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General Surgeon Dr. M Y Shareef's  Response
Hi ! From your history, I presume your daughter has also got tape worm infestation apart from having pin worms. Albendazole is the accepted medical treatment for both the infestations, and I would advise to continue with the medicine as advised by your treating doctor. Side effects with albendazole though infrequent can occur and headaches and tickling sensation in her nose could be one such side effects. Wishing your daughter an early recovery.
Answered: Wed, 11 Sep 2013
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