Pinworm infections affect millions of people and they are particularly common among children. This infection affects the intestines and is caused by tiny parasitic round worms. It causes intense itching around the rectum due to which the sufferer is unable to pass a peaceful night. It is a contagious infection and people become infected unknowingly by ingesting microscopic eggs of the pinworms.
When an infected person scratches the itchy area, the pinworm eggs get transferred to the fingers and from thence they can get back into the mouth or can be transferred to other objects such as bed linen, towels, toilets, drinking glasses, eating utensils and clothing where they can live up to two or three weeks.
One can unwittingly imbibe the infection by using any of the contaminated articles. The eggs enter the digestive system and pass into the small intestine where they hatch. The larvae then travel to the large intestine where they grow with their heads attached to the walls of the intestine. The female pinworms migrate to the rectum area and there they lay new eggs.
Home Remedies For Pinworms
Coconut oil has great antimicrobial properties. It is well able to kill the parasites too. At night before going to bed take one tablespoon of coconut oil. Also rub plenty of coconut oil in and around the anus. Do this every night and you will be rid of the pinworms easily. Coconut oil will also reduce the itching and you will be able to sleep soundly at night. You can give coconut oil to your child too if he/she is suffering from pinworms.
Petroleum jelly is a very effective remedy for pinworms. It also provides relief in the itching and helps to contain the infection. Take a big glob of petroleum jelly and apply it to the anus just before retiring to bed. You must do this, on a daily basis for four to six weeks. Petroleum jelly will prevent the female pinworms from laying eggs and thus the propagating cycle will break most effectively.
Garlic is another effective remedy for pinworms. It can be safely used for children too. Grind some garlic to a fine paste and apply this paste in and around the anus at night when you go to bed. The antimicrobial properties of garlic will annihilate the female pinworms and will destroy the eggs quickly. Do this, regularly till you are completely cured of the infection. You should also eat two cloves of garlic everyday.
Neem oil has powerful antimicrobial properties. Apply the oil in and around the anus two or three times daily. The oil will kill the pinworms and destroy the eggs. You can use the oil for children too. Eat a few tender leaves of neem for three days. You give the neem leaves to your child mixed with butter and some lump sugar.
Eat a Fiber Rich Diet
To get rid of the pinworms eat a diet that is rich in fiber. Fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains provide ample fiber which helps in eliminating the worms through the feces.