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My daughter keeps getting pinworm...
My daughter keeps getting pinworm infections, she also has a gecko. My husbans thinks that she is getting it from the gecko. I have been reading online and found mixed answers about whether or not humans can get the pinworms that lizards carry. Our lizard has never been testsed. Can my daughter get pinworms from her lizard? Or is the pinworms lizards get different than the kind that people get?
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Dr Ted Manos
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Hello, and thank you for choosing Justanswer about your concern. I’m Ted Manos M.D. and I can respond. There is no evidence that reptile pinworms can be transferred to humans. Human pinworms are not easy to control and eradicate. Recurrent pinworms in a child needs careful reassessment of measures being taken. Female pinworms lay their eggs in the anal canal of the child mainly in the morning. Bathing and showering should be done in the morning. Sheets and towels need to be laundered in hot water. I hope I added something of value to this troublesome parasite.
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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thank you. She has taken over the counter meds before, as has our family, and we have cleaned the house and washed beds and towels on hot. I will have her shower in the mornings. Her Dr. just had her do a stool sample to see what we can see. Hopefully we can wipe it out this time. We just wanted to know if we could reasonably rule out the lizard.
One thought is that she can transfer human pinworm eggs to the gecko surface and they can exist for at least weeks then she touches the Gecko then the eggs may find their way to her GI tract.
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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thanks Dr. Ted! We will keep that in mind. I will monitor her handwashing, especially with the gecko, more.
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