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How To Get Rid of Pinworms

This article is going to be filled with creepy crawlies making their way out of your butt, no pun intended. If you have been scratching your butt all night long . . . Well, what we are about to suggest needs a flashlight and maybe some tape if you are up for it. The problem with pinworms is that most people find out late that they are suffering from an intestine infestation. Many people discover first that they have the infection before identifying the place of infestation in house. This is why it is necessary to diagnose the infestation yourself that is if if you feel like you have been scratching your butt constantly. Here’s some detailed information about pinworms:

About Pinworms

Pinworms are really small and thin thread-like worms that infest the intestine walls, mostly in children. Hold your bowels because things are about to get a little disgusting. In the intestine walls, the female and male worms have sex and then the latter die. The female worms then creep out through the anus and lay eggs around it. Eventually the females die too and then the whole circle repeats again. A pinworm can live up for 4 to 6 weeks, unless the infection is treated. Since they are extremely small, it’s hard to spot them. The cause of pinworms is poor hygiene. This infection is highly contagious and can be transferred through hands, pillows, clothes, toilet seats, etc.

Following are some home remedies for personal treatment and how to stop the infestation from spreading in your house:

Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Pinworms

How to Spot Pinworms

There are two ways you can spot pinworms. Since, pinworms usually come out at night to lay eggs, using a flash light, check around your child’s anus to see if there’s some movement.

If you don’t see any movement, then try the scotch tape method. Tear a strip of scotch tape and place it near the anus. Now rip it off and check it under a microscope or a magnifying glass. You can easily spot the eggs.

Home Remedies for Personal Treatment

  • Garlic

Garlic is an effective herb for killing these parasitic worms. It can be used in two ways:

  1. Since, the taste of garlic is too strong and your child might not like it, add it liberally in food.

  2. Grind some garlic cloves and mix it in a small amount of Vaseline. Apply this topical cream to your child’s anus. (This will soothe the itchiness and kill the eggs).

  • Coconut

Coconut has been used for ages in India to kill pinworms. With breakfast, add a teaspoon to whatever you are eating. After three hours, have a teaspoon of castor oil. Since both ingredients don’t have any side effects, repeat this every day until the pinworms are gone.

  • Grapefruit

The extract of grapefruit seed can be found in major drugstores. You can also buy it in liquid form. You can also take pills -- have them three times in a day. If you’re consuming it in liquid form, mix ten drops with water and drink three glasses in a day.

  • Raw Carrots

Shred a raw carrot and eat it before sleeping and once you wake up. Since, children might find difficulty in consuming a raw carrot, you can mix some honey in it. This will help clean the intestine.

  • Cloves and Flaxseeds

Grind ten parts flaxseeds and one part clove. You can add this mixture to breakfast, lunch and dinner. Keep taking the powder three days a week on alternate days, for one month.

  • Wormwood Extract

The active substances Isothujone, Santonin and Thujone in wormwood make it the safest remedy for killing pinworms. The extract weakens the cell membranes of the parasitic organism and kills the pinworms slowly. All you need to do is add few drops of wormwood extract in hot water and drink a cup on empty stomach. Drink a cup after every three hours, so that the treatment is more effective.

  • Pumpkin

Take a bowl of raw pumpkin seeds. After crushing them, mix in two cups water and put it on the stove on low heat for two hours. Don’t let the mixture boil. When the water has cooled, filter it and remove the layer of oil. Drink four tablespoons of this water in one hour and follow it with a laxative after two hours. Now, wait two hours more and have a warm oatmeal bowl. The pumpkin water will kill the worms and the laxative will help you pass them through the rectum.

How to Prevent Pinworms Infestation

As mentioned earlier, pinworms are caused by poor hygiene. To prevent them in the first place, you need to keep the house clean. From your bathroom’s flush handle to kitchen counters and bed sheets, clean everything regularly. Wash clothes with hot water and clean small surfaces using Clorox wipes that you are regularly in contact with. Wash your hands every time after eating and when you come home after a long day of work. Don’t share clothes or towels with other members of the family. And last but not the least, wear tight fitting underwear and change it daily.

Pinworms are not that big of a problem, but if the infestation is left untreated for a long time, it can be dangerous. The moment you see blood in your stool or urine, seek medical help immediately. Until then, try these home remedies to treat the infestation at home.

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