Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Mom | 2011-06-20

Q.

Internal itching

Good Day Dr.
I hope you can help, my son will be 6 in 2 months time. He has been complaining of an intensely itchy bum, I have given him Vermox single dose but it does not seem to help. He says that his leg and his hand also itches inside. He has to pinch or wiggle his thumb to make it stop or press on his leg to make it stop. He says that it also makes the itching in the bum stop. What do you think can be the cause of the itching. He is a relatively healthy boy.
Thank you
Mom

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You were correct to suspect a pinworm infection as the possible cause of your son's itch. He has not responded to the correct Vermox dose so this makes pinworms less likely.It is also rather unusual for a child of his age to complain about an itchy bum as well as itching of his hand and leg.Your son's symptoms are so definite that it is worthwhile asking his doctor to see him. Is it possible that he has been in contact with enamel paints or other paints which contain lead?

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Posted by: MOM | 2011-06-21

It could be, about 2 or 3 months ago they painted at the aftercare and he came home with clothes covered in paint. He also had some paint on him. I am not sure whether the paint contained lead or not, it was waterbased interior paint and it was white. He shows no other symptoms at all, he just keeps on telling me his blood itches. This has gone on for a few months now and I keep on treating with Vermox single dose for kids.
Thank you.

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