Oxyurosis or enterobiasis is one of the most common parasitoses (digestive heminthiasis) and also occurs frequently in infants. Pinworms (enterobius vermicularis) are white, tiny worms, varying in length between 9 and 12 mm, in the case of females, and about 3-5 mm in the case of males.
The worms live in the intestines and migrate to the outside of the anus where the females lay their eggs. This generally leads to the appearance of a strong itch in the area of the anus, but also in the area of the vagina and vulva in girls.
Sometimes, adult worms can be spotted with the naked eye. The infested child very easily contaminates those around him through contact with dirty fingers. Because the itching is strong, he scratches in the anal area and, if he puts his hand to his mouth, he takes the eggs and swallows them. This is how reinfestation occurs. The eggs can also live in the external environment, on the doorknob, on the potty, but man is the only host of this parasite. In addition, it is enough to touch the clothes or bedding to contract pinworm. (By the way, recent studies have shown that cockroaches can also be responsible for carrying pinworms.) There is also the possibility that the infant or child drinks contaminated water, and this is the reason why the water must be boiled.
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