What Increases Your Risk
Factors that increase the risk of being infected by pinworms include:
- Age. Pinworm infections are most common in preschool and school-age children.
- Household contact. If one child in a home gets a pinworm infection, it is likely that other children in the home will have the infection. Parents are also more likely to get the infection.
- Attending day care centers, schools, and summer camps. Pinworms are easily transmitted and spread among groups of children.
- Living in an institution. Up to half of people living in an institution may be infected by pinworms.Reference 1
Factors that increase the risk of spreading pinworm infections include:
- Living in an institution. Pinworms are easily transmitted and spread where people are living in close conditions (such as institutions).
- Poor hygiene practices, especially poor hand-washing. An infected person can spread pinworms to others if he or she does not wash his or her hands well.
- Sharing bedding. Also, fanning the bedding of an infected person can release pinworm eggs into the air.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 30, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics