Last Updated: July 9, References Approved. There are 11 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed , times. Enterobiasis, also known as pinworms or threadworms, are a type of parasite that can infect and live in the intestines. Pinworms are a real problem for children.
Pinworm infection - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
Pinworms Enterobius vermicularis are teeny, white, threadlike roundworms that infect the intestines of humans. These parasites hatch in the small intestine, then move on to the large intestine where they reside for about one or two months. After that timeframe, female pinworms crawl downward and out of the anus for the sole purpose of laying thousands of microscopic eggs. These eggs remain viable for one to two weeks. While irritating, and perhaps embarrassing, a pinworm infection is generally considered harmless, according to the Merck Manual. Many people with a pinworm infection don't exhibit any symptoms. But generally speaking, when infected individuals do experience symptoms, it happens once the worms have relocated to the skin surrounding the anus to lay their eggs.
I am a writer with many interests and enjoy doing thorough research and learning new things. If you've found thin, white worms in your stool or have extreme anal itching at night, you might have pinworms. Pinworms are human parasites that live in the intestine. They are small, white, and round, measuring between one-tenth of an inch to half an inch and live between two and eight weeks.
Last Updated: November 18, References Approved. This article was medically reviewed by Victor Catania, MD. Catania is a board certified Family Medicine Physician in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Board of Family Medicine.