While you can have both pinworms and eczema, so far, there’s no evidence that pinworms actually cause eczema.
A pinworm infection is never fun, but can it cause eczema? Pinworms do lead to intense itchiness but to date,
Read on to learn more about pinworms and eczema.
There’s conflicting research on whether pinworms or other intestinal parasitic worms are connected to eczema or other allergic reactions. A
Pinworms are known to cause rashes and skin issues around the affected area, which may be mistaken for eczema because the symptoms could look similar, with a red, itching rash. In this case, it’s important to consider the location of the affected areas to help determine the underlying cause.
More research is needed to determine whether different intestinal parasites can cause eczema, and the connection will vary depending on what type of parasite is causing the infection.
Other cases show a connection. For instance, a
Pinworms are small, thin, white roundworms, that can be found in soil and feces and can infect and live in the colon and rectum of humans.
A pinworm infection, also known as enterobiasis or oxyuriasis, is the
The symptoms of pinworms include:
- intense and frequent itching of the perianal area (the area around the anus)
- difficulty sleeping due to itching and discomfort
- rash, or skin irritation, around the anus
- visible pinworms in your perianal area
- visible pinworms in your stool
You can get pinworms by eating or breathing in microscopic pinworm eggs, typically via food that contains feces. The eggs then remain in your intestine until they’re mature enough to hatch. Once hatched, the females lay eggs on and around the anus.
When a person with pinworms scratches the impacted area, the eggs transfer to their nails and fingers and can spread to anything the person touches. Pinworms can live on clothes, bedding, and other surfaces for up to
Pinworms are primarily diagnosed based on clinical evaluation. A doctor will take a history and take into account the symptoms you describe.
A useful test is known as the scotch tape test, which involves placing the tape on your anus three nights in a row. A doctor will then analyze the pieces of tape under a microscope to look for the pinworms.
Pinworm infections are treated with either over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medications and household cleaning practices. If you believe you or your child has pinworms, speak with a doctor or healthcare professional right away.
Risk factors for pinworms and other parasitic infections
Parasitic infections like pinworms affect people of all ages and geographic regions. Risk factors vary for different parasitic infections.
However, there are certain risk factors that may make certain groups more susceptible to pinworm infections in particular. These include:
In children, commonly affected areas include:
In adults, eczema is more common in areas where the joint bends and folded skin touches, such as the inside the elbow and behind the knees.
Eczema isn’t contagious and is extremely common. According to the National Eczema Association, more than 31 million Americans experience it.
Eczema symptoms vary greatly and affect everyone differently. Some of the most common symptoms include:
If eczema is very severe, it can be complicated by a skin infection, which, if left untreated, can lead to serious complications. If you’re concerned, you should talk with a dermatologist or primary care doctor.
Eczema is diagnosed with a thorough examination of your or your child’s skin to see the signs and symptoms, including redness, scaliness, dryness, or hyperpigmentation.
Eczema is often
There’s no cure for eczema, but there are many treatments that you can discuss with a dermatologist or allergist.
There are three main things to keep in mind when treating eczema:
- Know your triggers so you can avoid them. Common triggers include:
- harsh chemicals used in cleaning products
- certain fragrances or oils
- hot water
- Create a daily bathing and moisturizing routine.
- Use OTC or prescription medications as needed or prescribed.
Because eczema varies so greatly from person to person, there’s no single way to treat it. Your regimen will depend greatly on the type and severity of your condition.
Can I get pinworms again even if I was already infected once?
Yes, even if you’ve had pinworms before and were treated, you can get them again if you’re exposed. The best thing to do is to make sure you always wash your hands after using the bathroom and before you eat.
Will pinworms go away even if I don’t get treatment?
No, pinworms aren’t like bacteria and viruses that cause common infections. The body isn’t able to clear pinworm infections alone and people don’t generate the same immunity to pinworms as they do to bacterial or viral infections. Effective treatment requires oral medications to ensure the elimination of the pinworms.
Pinworms are common intestinal parasites that cause intense itching, pain, and discomfort in the perianal area.
Although the symptoms of a pinworm infection may be similar to those of eczema, including itching, redness, and rash, there’s no evidence that pinworms cause eczema.
If you or your child have either or both conditions, it’s important to talk with a doctor or healthcare professional about your treatment options.