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Pediatrics Common Questions, Quick Answers


Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Susan Kinzer, MPH
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: August 2003
Last Revision Date: August 2003

Common Questions, Quick Answers

What are pinworms?

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What causes them?

Who can get them?

What are the signs and symptoms?

Are pinworms contagious?

How are they diagnosed?

How are they treated?

How long do they last?

Can they be prevented from spreading?

When should I call the doctor?

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