10 Pinworm Infection Symptoms

By sarah-jane
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Irritated Anus

When a person has a pinworm infection, the anus can be incredibly itchy, which can lead to heavy scratching. Prolonged or forceful scratching can damage or irritate the skin around the anus, causing visible redness or grazes.

Reducing the itchiness can minimize scratching. Washing the anal area with warm water and applying a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream twice daily may bring some relief. Additionally, wearing underwear or cotton gloves in bed may prevent children from scratching excessively.2‘Pinworms.’ Children’s Hospital Colorado, www.childrenscolorado.org/conditions-and-advice/conditions-and-symptoms/symptoms/pinworms

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