Treatment and Prevention


Drugs of choice:  Pyrantel pamoate, Mebendazole, and Albendazole


Infection by Enterobius vermicularis is spread through ingestion of eggs from poorly washed hands or soiled clothing.  Because the worms release eggs at night, itching of the perianal area and transfer to the mouth may occur while sleeping making control difficult, even if proper hygiene is stressed.

Proper hygiene prevents transmission

Once a person is found to be infected, it is usually wise to treat the entire family at the same time along with frequent washing of bed linens (being careful not to cause eggs to become airborne).

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