Pinworms are parasites. They are a common source of infection in people. Pinworms are usually half an inch in size and they can be easily seen with naked eyes. It is known that children are having highest chances for contracting pinworms. More than 30% of children are infected with pinworms all around the world. But also adults can be infected with pinworms if they do not take the necessary precautions. The most common signs and symptoms of pinworms are nausea and occasional abdominal pain; presence of pinworms in stools, disturbed sleep due to an irritated anal region; frequent itching and irritation in the anal area. This infection can be very troublesome and irritating in the long run. This is a reason why you should treat this condition as soon as possible. The pinworm infection is caused by accidental inhalation or ingestion of the eggs by an animal or human. The pinworm eggs are usually transferred via contaminated foods, drinks or other infected utensils. Pinworm eggs are very small and they cannot be seed with naked eyes. The adult pinworms continue to move in the body and they lay more eggs around the anus region of the infected person and it is becoming infective within a few hours. This cycle will continue until the infection is cured and the entire household of the infected person is disinfected. You need to talk with your doctor if you have pinworms before you start using some of the below mentioned home remedies.
Here are some home remedies for pinworms:
Onions: It is known that onions are rich in sulfur which can help to eliminate pinworms from your system in a period of day or two. You should peel one to two medium – sized onions. You should wash them thoroughly and then you need to cut them into thin slices. You should put the onion slices in a bowl and then add a pint of water. You should let the onion slices soak in water overnight, for at least twelve hours. You should strain the water using cheesecloth. You should drink this home remedy three times per day in a period of two days.
Castor oil: The scientific name of castor oil is Ricinus communis. This is a very popular antimicrobial and anti – inflammatory agent which can destroy and eliminate the harmful worms and parasites from the body. We know that pinworms are usually are holding on the walls of the intestines and this is a reason why they are not excreted from the body. The castor oil can dislodge them from the intestines because they have laxative properties and this in turn will push the pinworms out of your body via excretion. You should consume a teaspoon of castor oil once per day.
Wormwood tea: Wormwood extract has anti-parasitic nature which can help to kill parasites such as pinworms and it can combat the infection. You should add three to four drops of wormwood extract to one cup of hot water. You should consume this tea. Also you can add honey for flavor. You should drink it 3 times a day in a period of week.
Yogurt: This natural cure is rich in probiotics which can help to restore the natural balance of bacteria in the digestive system. Probiotics can destroy and eliminate harmful bacteria and germs from the body. You should consume about one cup of plain yogurt and do it at least once per day.
Bitter gourd: Bitter gourd has bitter – tasting compound called cucurbitacin which can help to eliminate the pinworms from the system. You should blend two medium – sized bitter gourds with one cup of water. Also you can add honey or any fruit juice to this blend to combat the bitter flavor. You should drink this home remedy intermittently throughout the day.
Natural cures for pinworms
Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds have compounds known as cucurbitacins which are known for their anthelmintic activity. This component can paralyze pinworms which is making easier for you to expel them from your body. You will need one cup of raw pumpkin seeds and blend them with ½ – 1 cup of water to make a creamy paste. You should consume this home remedy on an empty stomach. You should do this natural treatment once per day in the morning.
Carrots: Carrots are rich in fiber which can improve the digestion and bowel movements. This can push the pinworms out of your body via your intestine. You will need one medium sized carrot. You should take the carrot and then wash it thoroughly. You should peel it, shred it and you should take the carrot pieces with your meal or as a snack. You must eat about a cup of shredded carrots one to two times per day.
Pineapple juice: Bromelain is enzyme in the pineapple which has antimicrobial activities and it can help you to rid of pinworms. You will need ¼ pineapple. You should peel and cut the pineapple. You should blend the pineapple pieces with one glass of water. You should drink this juice and you should drink it at least once per day.
Lemon juice: Lemon has acidic nature which can lower the pH of the body and it can make the survival of the pinworms difficult. You should squeeze half a lemon into one glass of water. If you want, you can add honey and you should consume this natural cure on daily basis. You should drink this home remedy at least once per day.
Grapefruit seed extract: It is known that grapefruit seeds have polyphenols which exhibit strong antimicrobial activity against pinworms. You should consume 200 mg grapefruit seed extract supplement two times per week. You need to talk with your physician before you start consuming these supplements.
Clove essential oil: This oil is derived from the aromatic flower called cloves. It has a component known as eugenol which exhibits powerful germicidal properties. Also clove oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties which can help in the natural treatment of pinworm infection. You will need one to two drops of clove essential oil. You should apply the clove essential oil directly on your infected area. If you have sensitive skin, then you should dilute the clove essential oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil because in this way you will avoid the irritation. You should do this natural treatment once per day every night.
Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties which can combat the parasitic infection. You should mix one to two drops of tea tree oil with one to two teaspoons of coconut oil. You should apply this home remedy to the affected area and apply it every night. Also you can use the tree oil directly but people who have sensitive skin can get irritation from it. You should do this natural treatment once per day.
Hot water: Pinworm infection is highly contagious. It is very important to disinfect your entire house with hot water because it will help you to rid of the pinworms completely. Also this will prevent the recurrence. You need to wash your hands with soap and warm water after contact with any utensils which have a possibility of being infected. Also you should soak your fabrics and clothes which may be infected with hot water for at least thirty minutes before you wash them. You can disinfect the washrooms by cleaning them on daily basis with hot water and soap. You should do this on daily basis until your steer is clear of pinworms.
Garlic: This is antioxidant which exhibits antifungal and antibacterial properties. You can chew raw garlic cloves on daily basis. Also you can add garlic cloves to the foods that you consume. There is another option and that is to mince garlic cloves and mix them with petroleum jelly. You should apply this paste on the affected area and it is preferred to apply it every night. You should do this natural treatment once per day.
Coconut oil: This is a natural antioxidant which is having antifungal and antibacterial properties. This can be helpful in eradicating pinworm infection and its symptoms. You should consume one teaspoon of coconut oil every morning. Also there is another option and that is to apply the coconut oil to the infected area every night. You should do this natural treatment on a daily basis.
Apple cider vinegar: This natural cure has 6% acetic acid which can lower the pH of the body while restoring the hydrochloric acid balance. It is creating an uninhabitable environment for the pinworms which is making the survival inside the body difficult. You should add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to one glass of water and mix it well. You should add honey for flavor and consume this home remedy. You should do this natural treatment at least two times per day.