It only causes additional irritation and invites infection. Many if not most people with pinworms have no symptoms, so the person who keeps spreading the eggs around your house may not be the person with symptoms. Ask your child to push out like they are having a bowel movement while you are looking, which will help expose the anus. Resisting the urge to scratch, no matter how itchy the area becomes. Very rarely, persistent anal or rectal itching may be a sign of serious infection, so if it does not respond to simple treatments or the passage of time, contact your physician. Some major culprits include dyes and perfumes used in toilet paper especially scented toilet paperfeminine hygiene sprays and other deodorants for the area around the anus or genitals, medicated talcum powders, and medicated skin cleansers and soaps, especially perfumed soaps.
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Antibiotic or antifungal medications may be prescribed if an infection is present. Wear clean, soft cotton gloves at bedtime to prevent irritation and infection. It is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Change hand towels daily. The outlook is excellent, since most people who have itching in the anal area don't have an illness involving the anus or rectum.