Pinworm, also known as Enterobius vermicularis, is a common parasitic infection in each continent and certainly the most common helminthic infection in North America. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that pinworm infestation is nearly twice as common as head lice. Estimates indicate that pinworm infestation may be as high as 12% in some parts of the United States. The most common symptom of pinworm infection is an intense itch or sharp prickling pain in the anal area. A variety of antihelminthic drugs are effective against pinworms. However, once drug therapy is discontinued, reinfection is common. Most patients need additional drug treatment for complete cure. Also, because young pinworms are resistant to drugs, additional treatment is required as the worms mature.
The goal of this continuing education program is to provide pharmacists, health educators, lab technologists, and nurses with information about pinworms, how they present and how to manage infestations. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe pinworms, their epidemiology and clinical presentation.
- Discuss pinworms’ pathology, transmission and life cycle.
- List treatments for pinworms.
This course is intended for multiple professions, including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, health educators, lab technologists, and nurses.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.