The eggs can pass through air, or by contact with infected food or bed linen to others who share premises.health and fitness Updated: Jun 30, 2003 18:02 IST
Pinworms are about a quarter of an inch long. And they can cause plenty of discomfort. The worms come out of the anal opening to lay eggs at night. This leads to intense itching in the area. Disturbed sleep, mild pain and diarrhoea are possible consequences.
Children are especially prone to this complaint. The urge is to scratch this area. When scratching, eggs stick to the hand, and under the nails and infect anything the person touches.
The eggs can pass through air, or by contact with infected food or bed linen to others who share the premises. The eggs are not affected by disinfectants and remain active in the dust for a long period.
A doctor has to be consulted to rid the worm infestation. Bed clothes, undergarments and nightwear of the infected person must be washed thoroughly, if possible in hot water.
Sometimes all member of the family are advised to take deworming medication when one member is affected. Scrubbing hands well with soap before eating should check the problem.