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Hi im 24 weeks pregnet and i have pinworms will this kill my unborn baby?

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replied March 18th, 2010
Complications during Pregnancy Answer A10711
Welcome to the ehealthforum. I am glad to help you out.

Pinworm or entrobious vermicularis is one of the common infections which can occur in all age groups.

Mebendazole/albendazole is usually the treatment used for treating the pinworm infection.

However, the safety of the use of these drugs is not established during pregnancy and treatment is usually avoided unless the benefits clearly outweigh the risks.

The risk is much more during the first trimester when the organs of the fetus are developing and is much less during the 2nd & 3rd trimester.

Please consult your physician before taking any treatment. I sincerely hope this information helps. Take care.

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