[Enterobiasis in pediatric subjects in north-western Italy: a study of home remedies].

The present study examines the most common home remedies in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy currently used in the treatment of pediatric enterobiasis, commonly known as pinworm infection. The remedies in question, typically based on popular beliefs and as such are nearly useless, were noted through interviews with subjects who had come to the local Hygiene and Public Health Services offices for information about pinworm prevention and treatment. Analysis of replies by the subjects clearly indicates that local families are ill-prepared to recognize the symptoms this parasitic infection; often it is confused with pediatric ketosis, therefore leading to inappropriate treatment which at times may be potentially harmful to the patient.
AuthorsM Dutto, D Montù, G Raineri
JournalAnnali di igiene : medicina preventiva e di comunità€ (Ann Ig) 2012 Jan-Feb Vol. 24 Issue 1 Pg. 81-4 ISSN: 1120-9135 [Print] Italy
Vernacular TitleIndagine sui metodi popolari di trattamento dell'enterobiasi in età pediatrica nel nord-ovest dell'Italia.
PMID22670340 (Publication Type: English Abstract, Journal Article)
Chemical References
  • Antinematodal Agents
  • Santonin
  • Mebendazole
  • Animals
  • Antinematodal Agents (therapeutic use)
  • Artemisia absinthium
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Culture
  • Enterobiasis (drug therapy)
  • Enterobius (drug effects)
  • Female
  • Garlic
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Male
  • Mebendazole (therapeutic use)
  • Medicine, Traditional (methods)
  • Phytotherapy (methods)
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Santonin (therapeutic use)
  • Surveys and Questionnaires

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