by James Hubbard, MD, MPH
I wrote a post on how to treat pinworms a few months ago and have had so many comments and questions that I thought I’d answer some of the most common here. You’ll still need to read the older post. This just adds to it.
Here, I’ll address embarrassment, complications, vaginal pinworms, and why the pinworms can keep coming back.
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Garlic is an age-old home remedy for pinworms. Studies on its effectiveness are scarce, but it’s worth a try.
by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.
Warning: Gross-out level 8/10.
Someone on the Homestead Survival Facebook page asked me, if there’s no way to get to a doctor, how does a person get rid of pinworms? Good question. There are plenty of home remedies, but there’s little objective proof they work.
Garlic for Pinworms: Worth a Try(?)
Using garlic is an age-old remedy for pinworms. We know it kills the worms and eggs through direct contact in a lab, but that’s different than going through the digestive system. The only study I could find using the stuff in a person showed a seven percent cure rate. Even the authors were surprised and suggested further study, but I found none.
I suspect some reasons for the lack of studies are: (1) There are good pharmaceutical cures, such as prescription mebendazole and over-the-counter pyrantel (not to be taken if pregnant). (2) No one’s going to pay for a study using garlic. (Is there a Garlic Association?) (3) A pinworm infestation is not considered life-threatening. But I hear it can make your butthole itch like crazy. They like to come out at night, so that can certainly mess with your sleep.
Two Steps to Killing Pinworms at Home
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