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Worms

Condition:Pinworms
Other:Enterobiasis, threadworms, seatworms
ICD-10 Codes:B80

Naturopathic Treatments

Botanicals
• wormseed (Artemesia santonica)
myrrh (Commiphora molmol)
tansy (Tanacetum vulgare )
• papaya seeds (Carica papaya)
• arecapalm (Areca catechu)
• pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo)
mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
• elder berry (Sambucus ebulus)
goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
• anise (Pimpinella anisum)
black walnuts (Juglans nigra)
oregon grape (Berberis aquifolium)

Other
• Propolis

Conventional Treatments

Antihelmintics
- mebendazole (Vermox)
- albendazole (Albenza)
- pyrantel (Ascarel, Pin-X, Antiminth)
• Carbolated petrolatum and other antipruritic creams/ointments

Signs & Symptoms

• itching around anal or vaginal area
• difficulty sleeping
• restlessness
• irritability
• nausea
• abdominal pain
• loss of appetite
weight loss

DDx

• Crohn disease
• Ulcerative colitis
• Proctitis and anusitis
• Hidradenitis suppurativa

Pathogenesis

• caused by small, thin roundworms called Enterobius vermicularis
• nematode ova is transferred from perianal area to objects like clothing, bedding, toys and other fomites on which they survive for 3 weeks
• ova are picked up through touching and finger transfer to the mouth
• pinworms mature in the intestines in 2-6 weeks
• female pinworms migrate from anus to perianal area at night to deposit ova, causing itchiness
• common among children and institutionalized persons

Diagnostics

• physical exam
• microscopy

Diagnostic Tests
• cellophane tape exam
• glass slide microscopic analysis
• stool sample

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