Pinworms: A Common Irritation  - CHES659

Pinworms: A Common Irritation

by Melanie K Padgett, PharmD
(4.5 / 15 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.00 CECH)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


Pinworms are the most prevalent type of parasitic intestinal infection in the United States. Pharmacists will likely encounter this type of infection in their practice and must be able to recommend appropriate therapy and counsel patients accordingly. Pinworms (Enterobius vermicularis) are often diagnosed in pediatric patients but can affect all age groups. The most common symptom associated with this infection is perianal itching, but pinworms can present with other symptoms and mimic other conditions. The medications used to treat these infections include mebendazole (Emverm), albendazole (Albenza), or pyrantel pamoate (Reese’s Pinworm Medicine, Pin-X). Proper handwashing and hygiene are recommended ways to prevent infection. Pharmacists and other healthcare providers should be knowledgeable on the presentation of this infection and its treatment.


The goal of this program is to provide healthcare professionals with knowledge regarding the presentation, etiology, identification, and treatment of pinworm infections. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the life cycle of the pinworm and how it relates to reinfection of individuals
  • Recognize the typical and atypical presentations of pinworm infections
  • Compare the three available treatments for pinworm infections and make appropriate recommendations for therapy

Approval Information
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.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, 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.

Course Originally Released on: 4/10/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/22/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/22/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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ALINA P - Yonkers, NY  ·  May 25, 2017
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VIRGINIA M - Columbia, MO  ·  Aug 15, 2016
Hello. I read the Lesson and answer the question while I substitute teach for Kelly Educational Staffing.
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Lindsay G - Taylor, TX  ·  Nov 25, 2012
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Lisa R - Philadelphia, PA  ·  Aug 19, 2012
I enjoyed the contents of this course and I will encourage my co-workers to read it.
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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00