10 Pinworm Infection Symptoms

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Insomnia

Insomnia, the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, can be a symptom of pinworm infection. Intense itchiness can cause enough discomfort to interrupt sleep. A person may lie awake or wake up due to strong itching sensations.

Some research suggests that chronic itchiness can affect the neurological system independently of the urge to scratch and impact the ability to stay asleep. This can lead to more frequent awakenings throughout the night.3Lavery, Michael J., et al. ‘Nocturnal Pruritus: The Battle for a Peaceful Night’s Sleep.’ PubMed Central (PMC), www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4813276

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