Pinworm Symptoms, Treatments & More

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3. Should You Call a Doctor for Pinworms?

If you spot worms around the anus or vaginal area or you or your child experience intense itching, contact your family doctor. They can diagnose and treat pinworm infection to clear it up quickly. You might want to call your doctor if you notice sleep disturbances or irritability, as well.

You can try to treat the pinworm infection yourself using over-the-counter medications. However, if the problem persists or if the skin in the area becomes inflamed or tender, you should seek professional help.

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