Pinworms are a distressing diagnosis. Fortunately, there are plenty of effective natural remedies for pinworms. Diatomaceous earth, garlic, pumpkin seeds and turpentine are some useful home remedies for pinworms.
Pinworms are an intestinal parasite. These threadlike worms lay their eggs in the anal area, which can cause itching. Itching is usually the primary and sometimes the only symptoms of a pinworm infection.
While pinworms are contagious, you cannot get a pinworm infection from your dog or cat, as pinworms only affect humans.
To eliminate pinworms a combination of internal remedies and strict attention to hygiene will generally clear up an infection quite quickly and effectively.
Pinworm Itch Relief
Pinworms usually cause itching at night, causing discomfort, irritation and even sleeplessness. Applying a topical salve can relieve the itching and help to kill worms and eggs by suffocated them.
Vaseline, A and D diaper rash ointment, or a comfrey salve are all good choices to bring temporary relief to itching.
Internal Remedies for Pinworms
Whatever internal remedy you decide to use, continue with the remedy for several weeks to break the egg cycle.
Garlic is an antiparasitic herb. One clove of raw garlic can be taken thrice daily. It can be added to salad, spread onto toast with honey, or added to a savory smoothie.
Pumpkin seeds are a pleasant and nutritious solution for pinworms. Consuming a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin seeds daily can help rid the body of parasites.
Food grade diatomaceous earth is used to treat a variety of parasitic infections. Typically ½ – 3 teaspoons of diatomaceous earth is taken three times a day. It is best to start slowly and take this remedy with plenty of water.
Hygiene for Pinworm Elimination
Children in elementary schools and daycares are at particular risk for pinworm infections as their hygiene practices are not always ideal. One a child indulges in the itch he likely has the pinworms under his fingernails where he transfers them to faucets, doorknobs, desks, etc. Another child then touches the same surface and ends up with eggs on his hands, which inevitably end up in his mouth.
- Keep fingernails short.
- Wash hands thoroughly and frequently.
- Clean sinks, toilets and other surfaces with spray of straight white vinegar.
- Underwear and pajamas should be washed daily in hot water.
- Sheets should be frequently washed in hot water.
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