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Why don't we all have pinworms if they are so contagious?

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Why don't we all have pinworms if they are so contagious? Wouldn't we all have them. Do some people fight them off better?
Submitted: 25 days ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 25 days ago.

Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 25 days ago.

Pinworm infection is spread by the fecal-oral route, that is by the transfer of infective pinworm eggs from the anus to someone’s mouth

that is why it is important to wash your hands with soap and water after bowel movements and using the toilet

if you wash your hands after using the toilet, then this stops the spread of pinworms.