Pinworms: A Common Irritation  - JA0008057-0000-19-041-H01-P

Pinworms: A Common Irritation

by Melanie K Padgett, PharmD
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This course is credentialed for:
Pharmacy (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


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, health educators, and nurses.
Pharmacists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit. 
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OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # 50-1489).
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Initial Release Date: 5/01/2019; Planned Expiration Date: 12/31/2019

Course Originally Released on: 4/10/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/22/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2019

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.

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Price: $15.00
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