Pinworm Infection | Treatment

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How do we get rid of pinworms?

Most pinworm infections are mild and easily treated. Your doctor may prescribe a single chewable tablet of a medicine called mebendazole. A second tablet is taken about 3 weeks later if the infection is not cured. Or your doctor may recommend another kind of medicine called pyrantel, which is taken as a single dose.

Even if only one child in your family has pinworms, it is often important that everyone in the household be treated with the pinworm medicine at the same time. Here are other steps you should take to get rid of pinworm eggs:

  • Wash all the sheets, blankets, towels and clothing in the house in hot water.
  • Carefully clean everyone's fingernails (which might hold the worm eggs) and cut them short.
  • Scrub toys, countertops, floors and other surfaces the infected child has touched.
  • Vacuum carpets.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/00

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