Home remedies to get rid of pinworms

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Home remedies to get rid of pinworms
Pinworms are common in children. (children image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

According to the Mayo Clinic, pinworms are the most common type of intestinal worm infections in the United States. Pinworms are thin, white and approximately 1/4 inch in size and mainly infect school-age children. They cause itching in the anal area and may produce weight loss and loss of appetite. Most prescription medications for pinworm are pricey, making home remedies worth before dishing out a lot of money on expensive commercial products.

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Garlic has powers to remove pinworm from the intestines, according to Natural-Home Remedies. Include garlic in your daily diet to help force the pinworms out of your system. Put a mixture of garlic paste and vaseline around the outside of your anal area. This paste can kill the eggs and give relief from itching.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Put 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract in an 236ml. glass of water. Drink this mixture three times daily for at least seven days. This will help rid the intestine of pinworms.


According to the Ayushveda website, coconut is one of the most effective ways to get rid of pinworms. Take a spoonful of fresh coconut each morning with breakfast. Three hours later take a spoonful of castor oil. Repeat this daily until the pinworms are gone.


Eat a small cup of shredded carrots each morning and before bed to help push the pinworms out of the intestines. If your child has trouble eating the carrots, mix them with a tablespoon of honey.

Pumpkin Seeds

Use raw pumpkin seeds and crush the seeds in a bowl. Mix the pumpkin seeds with about 2 cups of water and put on the stove on low heat for two hours. Do not let the mix boil. After two hours, pull the mix off the stove and allow cooling. Remove any layers of oil and filter the mix.

Take 1 tbsp of the filtered water every 15 minutes for an hour. After two hours, take a laxative and after two more hours eat some warm oatmeal. For children 2 to 3 years old, use 45g of pumpkin seeds. For ages 3 to 4, use 70g of seeds. Ages 5 to 9 will use 90g of seeds and ages 10 to 12, 150g of pumpkin seeds. Adults should use 300g of pumpkin seeds, according to Great Home Remedies. An oz. is about 25g.

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