If you're experiencing an itchy bum and anal discomfort, chances are, you've got pinworms. Don't worry though; these pesky parasites are quite common among humans of all ages. But the burning question is - when will you stop pooping them out? With proper treatment and hygiene, getting rid of pinworms can be relatively easy.
What Are Pinworms?
Before diving into treatment options for pinworm infestation, let's understand what they exactly are. Pinworms (Enterobius vermicularis) are a type of parasite that lives in our digestive system primarily infecting children but adults can get infected too. These tiny worms grow up to half-inch long and look like thin white threads.
Causes Of Pinworm Infestation
The primary cause of pinworm infection is ingestion or inhalation of its eggs which come from contaminated objects such as door handles, beddings or food items that were not washed properly by a person who had ‘em.
Symptoms Of Pin Worm Infection
Some common symptoms include:
- Intense itchiness around the anus
These symptoms tend to worsen at night time because that’s when female pin worms crawl down your anus to lay their eggs just outside your skin which makes everything super uncomfortable!
Now I know it sounds gross but don’t fret, there aren’t any severe health issues linked with having a wormy butt! Regardless now we’ll shift our focus towards how you can treat this condition
Treating A Pin Worm Infection
To effectively tackle this issue we’d have /to take two approaches: medication & hygiene
There are several over-the-counter medications available that successfully eliminate adult worms within 2 weeks by paralysing them such as pyrantel pamoate and mebendazole. No need for a prescription, just go to your nearest pharmacy and ask for them.
However, if you wish to try the home remedies before going hardcore with medication then let’s have /a look at those options below:
Garlic has been known to contain anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties that could potentially kill pinworms. Take 3 cloves of raw garlic every morning mixed in hot water or eat it with lukewarm milk during bedtime.
- Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of fatty acids that restrain intestinal parasites from growing further in size while also encouraging good intestinal health The best way is to grind these up & add them in smoothies or salads as they work effectively when grounded but make sure it's not roasted!
- Pineapple Juice
Pineapples comprise an enzyme named bromelain which has vermicidal properties i.e., destroys worms living within our gut lining! It’s easy; just mix pineapple juice with some honey into warm water - this should help flush out any nasty worms!
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains lauric acid which acts on destroying both bacteria and viruses residing within our digestive tract You can either swallow a couple of teaspoons yourself or apply topically over the affected area gently massaging onto worm exit points around the anus.
- Carrots And Radish Juice
Regular intake of carrot radish juice will detoxify your intestine eventually weakening parasitic activity - Just peel off their skin wash them thoroughly before throwing these down your juicer- Drink immediately for optimal freshness.
Apart from maintaining hygiene,/ there are several other things we could do which include:
- Wash bed linens daily.
- Frequently vacuum floors
- Disinfect household objects frequently such as door handles and faucets
- Maintain good hand hygiene by washing them regularly with soap especially before handling food, after using the bathroom or anytime they feel dirty
It is imperative to break the cycle of infection entirely. Consider fixing an appointment with your family doctor so that you could get your family treated simultaneously! This promotes better treatment outcomes since infected members might be spreading eggs unknowingly
In conclusion, if you’re struggling with pinworms; don’t panic (even though it's gross). Pin worm infections can be eradicated effortlessly by following proper medication coupled with personal hygiene maintenance. Ensure that everyone at home gets their hands clean , don't share bed spreads & linens for a couple weeks until all worms have had their butt kicked off !