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What are the consequences of untreated pinworms?

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When untreated, pinworms can cause:

  • diarrhea
  • significant malabsorption of food
  • genital itching
  • bedwetting (enuresis)
  • vaginal discharge which can be associated with genital skin irritation and rash

Although the symptoms of severe infestation can mimic appendicitis, the statement that pinworms cause appendicitis is controversial. However, people infected with pinworms show a higher incidence of appendicitis, but the reasons for this increase are not entirely clear. Infrequently, the worms may migrate to and cause irritation to the male and female genital tracts. Pinworm infections may, along with intense scratching, cause secondary bacterial infections to occur. When pinworms migrate to the female genital tract, internal scars can form in the female reproductive organs.

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