How to Get Rid of Pinworms and Itchy Anus

Updated on February 6, 2018
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The pinworm lifecycle
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What Are Pinworms (aka Butt Worms)?

If you've found thin, white worms in your stool or have extreme anal itching at night, you might have pinworms. Pinworms are human parasites that live in the intestine. They are small, white, and round, measuring between one-tenth of an inch to half an inch and live between two and eight weeks.

Symptoms

  • Itching around the anus sometimes accompanied by a feeling of something wriggling on the skin. Itching occurs mostly at night
  • Insomnia and restlessness due to itching
  • Presence of pinworms on the anus or in the stool
  • Vaginal discharge (rare)
  • In children—loss of appetite, weight loss, irritability, inability to control urination

Pinworm infections are extremely common. In fact, according to HealthLine, they're one of the most common types of human intestinal worm infection.1 It occurs when tiny worms infest the intestines and lay eggs around your anus.1

For women, pinworms can occasionally (but rarely) migrate from the anus to the vagina. Pinworm infection is common, striking people across all economic levels. It is estimated that at any given time some 10% of the U.S. population is infected with pinworms, and an even higher percent in other countries.

The worms are extremely contagious and normally, the people most susceptible to getting pinworms are children between five and ten years old, people who live in institutions, or those who interact with these groups on a regular basis.1

Getting an infection does not necessarily you're bad or gross. You probably just got unlucky.

How Do You Get Pinworms?

A person becomes infected with pinworms by ingesting pinworm eggs.1 This can happen after contact with a contaminated person, food, or surface area. The pinworm egg is translucent and so small that it is invisible to the human eye except when many are clumped together.

Once swallowed or inhaled, pinworm eggs hatch in the small intestine and travel to the large intestine where they mate. The male dies after mating and is passed through the bowels. The female becomes filled with eggs (between 11,000 and 16,000) and makes her way to the opening of the anus in order to get the oxygen she needs to complete reproduction. Her presence at the anal opening causes a severe itching experience for the infected person. After depositing her eggs at the anal opening, the female dies.

Once on the infected person’s hands, the contamination can spread to toilet seats, bathroom fixtures, toys, clothing, and other people. Through contact with contaminated hands, surfaces, or food, the pinworm eggs enter a new human host and begins a new lifecycle. For this reason, thorough washing of hands, clothing, and surfaces are all important in treatment.

A pinworm infection can last indefinitely unless it is interrupted with drugs and strict hygiene. With proper treatment, however, some infections are cured in four weeks. Others may require up to a year to disappear.

Diagnosing Pinworms

According to HealthLine, the best way to check for pinworms is through something called the tape test,1 which is very simple. Simply take a piece of tape and stick it with the sticky side down on your anus or your child's anus first thing in the morning before bathing or using the restroom. If there are eggs present, some of them should stick to the tape, and you'll be able to take the tape in to the doctor for them to confirm a pinworm infection by looking at it through a microscope.

You can also check the toilet paper after wiping the anus to see if any adult pinworms are present, or examine your stool to check for the presence of pinworms.

How to Get Rid of Them

Getting rid of a pinworm infection, also called enterobiasis, can be daunting. There are many treatment approaches and this article summarizes the different options, which range from medication to strict personal and household hygiene practices.

Usually you can get rid of the infection using a combination of either over-the-counter or prescription medicine and rigorous personal hygiene. You don't necessarily need to see a doctor for this condition since it's possible to diagnose yourself and treat with over-the-counter medications.2

Since the worms are highly contagious, everyone in your household will need to be treated in order to prevent re-infections. If you have pets, there's no need to treat them since pinworms only seek human hosts.

Do You Need to See a Doctor?

Since pinworm medication can be purchased without a prescription, you do not technically need to see a doctor in order to treat an infection. However, it is possible that your anal itching is caused by something else besides pinworms.

If you find that the itch does not improve with treatment for a pinworm infection within a few weeks, you may want to see a doctor to determine what the problem could be.

Are There Natural Treatments?

Though not scientifically proven to treat pinworm infection, there are some natural treatments that are anecdotally said to help. Some of these are described below.

In general, practicing good hygiene can both help prevent a pinworm infection as well as keep the infection from recurring.

How to Get Rid of the Itch

Though pinworms are not a very dangerous infection, the itching that they cause can be extremely uncomfortable. You can soothe the itching by washing the area around the anus with warm water.3

If it's very severe, you can use a 1% hydrocortisone cream on the area twice a day for one or two days. Other antihistamines or analgesics (numbing creams) may also be effective and provide some relief.

Picture of Pinworm in Bowel Movement

Pinworms in excrement.
Pinworms in excrement. | Source

Treating a Pinworm Infection Through Medication and Hygiene

The key to treating pinworms is to interrupt the worm's lifecycle. Pinworms are a hearty breed and difficult to kill. Over-the-counter and prescription drugs, combined with strict hygiene, are the most effective ways to get rid of this parasite.1

It’s important to treat the entire household at the same time, even those persons who aren’t infected. If you're pregnant or breast feeding, talk to your doctor before taking over-the-counter medication.

  1. Medication for the entire family. There are over-the-counter and prescription drugs available at the pharmacy: Pin-X and Reese's are just two examples of medicine with the active ingredient pyrantel pamoate. Pinworm drugs generally require a second dose two to three weeks after the first one.
  2. Bathe twice daily and change your underwear daily. Take a shower in the morning (showers are best because pinworms are immediately washed off the body and down the drain) and again in the evening before bed. Pay particular attention to the anal opening, using soap and allowing water to wash soap and pinworms away. Do not let children bathe together because of the risk of cross-contamination between them. Be sure to use fresh, clean bath cloths, towels, and underclothes. Wash used cloths and towels in very hot water with a good laundry soap.
  3. Clip fingernails short and practice strict hand washing. Keep yours and your children's nails short and wash hands using a nail brush every time you use the bathroom. Hand contamination is a key component of the pinworm lifecycle, so hand decontamination is a major part of treatment.
  4. Wash hands before every meal. You never know when you’ve contacted a contaminated surface. Do not break this rule. Always wash your hands before you eat and teach your children to do the same.
  5. Change and wash bedsheets every day for the first month. At night, the pinworm eggs that were deposited at the anus opening may spread to pajamas and bedsheets. Changing nightclothes every night and bedsheets every day is an important step in interrupting the pinworm lifecycle and preventing re-contamination. Use hot water. Pinworms are not easy to kill but hot water is the only confirmed way to get rid of them.
  6. Avoid shaking possibly contaminated bedsheets or clothing. This can cause pinworm eggs to fly into the air where they could be inhaled.
  7. Don’t scratch! Nighttime is the worst. If your children are infected, you may want to cover their hands at night to prevent scratching in their sleep. The incessant itching can be maddening, but resist the urge to scratch. When you scratch, you’re helping the pinworm complete its lifecycle. They get under the fingernails and spread to other surfaces from there. Also, scratching can cause a rupture in the pregnant female pinworm, causing her eggs to spill out and begin their lifecycle.
  8. Avoid nail-biting and thumb-sucking. This is difficult to do, especially if the infected person is a child, but try to encourage better hygiene habits.

Natural Remedies

These remedies have not been scientifically proven to treat pinworm infection; however, some people have found them to be effective. If you do opt to use a natural method, be sure you maintain excellent hygiene.

  1. Pumpkin seeds. Eat a handful of pumpkin seeds (shells and all) with each meal and in between meals. It will keep your bowel movements regular, flushing many pinworms out.4
  2. Diatomaceous earth (DE). This is another natural way to help regularize bowel movements. DE is said to be lethal to microscopic parasites but harmless to humans. Be sure to buy food grade diatomaceous earth.5 You can mix it into smoothies, applesauce, yogurt, etc. since it does not dissolve.
  3. Shredded raw carrots. According to HealthLine, it's thought that eating one cup of shredded raw carrots twice a day helps fight pinworms by promoting gut health and bowel movements.6
  4. Raw garlic. It is said that raw garlic kills the eggs of pinworms and prevents the females from laying more. You can either ingest the garlic by chopping it up and putting it on bread or in pasta, or you can eat the garlic clove whole. You can also make a salve by chopping up garlic, adding it to petroleum jelly or some other kind of oil and using a cotton swab to apply it to the anus at night.6

Cleaning Your Home

Even if the infection did not begin in your house, your home will be contaminated by the time you realize someone in the family is infected. You will need to clean all of the surfaces very thoroughly with good soap and hot water — paying special attention to any surfaces that a person might touch.

Peroxide and vinegar are a very effective method of sterilization.7 Spray undiluted peroxide on the surface, then spray undiluted white vinegar on it. Immediately wipe clean. This method has been proven to kill nearly all germs and bacteria. It's more effective than either peroxide or vinegar alone. And it's even safe for kitchen countertops.

In addition to washing surfaces with soap and hot water, use the peroxide and vinegar spray (before or after soap and water) to ensure a clean, sanitized surface. It doesn't matter whether peroxide or vinegar is sprayed first. Be sure to avoid mixing the two in the same container since that will create a different kind of acid that is stronger and potentially harmful.

When you first realize there’s a pinworm infection:

  • Clean the entire home top to bottom including toilets, fixtures, counter tops, door knobs, light switches, and floors.
  • Clean the kitchen, bedrooms, and all of your children’s toys with soap and hot water.

Daily for the first month of infection:

  • Change bed sheets every day.
  • Change into clean nightclothes every night.
  • Clean the children’s toys every day.
  • Vacuum carpets and sofas daily.
  • It’s probably a good idea to clean sink fixtures and counter tops daily as well, especially if you have small children who have not yet learned to wash their hands frequently.

After the first month, relax and return to weekly cleaning of your home and bedsheets.

Good luck getting rid of these pests!

Sources Used

  1. Giorgi, Anna. Medically Reviewed by Steve Kim, MD. "Pinworm Infection." February 19, 2016. HealthLine. Accessed April 27, 2016.
  2. Berchelmann, Kathleen, MD. "That anal itch: how to diagnose and permanently get rid of pinworms." April 21, 2015. ChildrensMD. Accessed April 27, 2017.
  3. "Pinworms." (n.d.) Children's Hospital Colorado. Accessed April 27, 2017.
  4. Wickman, Gary. "Home Remedies for Pinworms." (n.d.) HealthGuidance. Accessed April 27, 2017.
  5. "How to Eliminate Pinworms Naturally." March 23, 2013. Earth Mama's World. Accessed April 27, 2017.
  6. Parker Gordon, Jerisha. Medically Reviewed by Judith Marcin, MD. "Home Remedies for Pinworms: Do They Work?" July 6, 2016. HealthLine. Accessed April 27, 2017.
  7. Oulton, Randal. "Peroxide and Vinegar Sterilization." February 14, 2006. Revised October 9, 2012. CooksInfo.com. Accessed 04/28/2017.

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      known name 

      2 months ago

      How do you get red of worms

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      Allison seeman 

      2 months ago

      I think

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      i want to chop my but of 

      8 months ago

      HEEELP MEE!!!!!!! THIS IS INSANE but the good thing is, i was do desperate i started scraping my bum and i found a few worms ....... i put one on a flat surface and a few momments later theres a lump of bumpy white eggs... gross but as least i killed a mother and i accidentally squashed them so they r probably back in my bum :C lol um... any ideas how to stop itching it?

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      Not telling 

      10 months ago

      If I were to have them which we thought we did as soon as you itch that means they are on your anus take a piece of toilet paper or qtip put rubbing alcohol on it , might sting for a minute but it will probably stop the baby’s from climbing up your bum . Always wash hands take the rubbing alcohol or bleach wash the door knob and shower knobs don’t forget your cellphone. Every time you go potty have a pile of paper towels near and rubbing alcohol and wipe seat inside and out.

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      Unknow 

      13 months ago

      I have this for over 2 years at first I didn't know I was small but now I started to think and look it up they go me worry

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      Elizabeth.. 

      14 months ago

      I have just gotten rid of a Vaginal Yeast infection that I've had for 2 years now and has been KILLING me, Two days later I get this? When will it end.....?

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      Person 

      17 months ago

      Yes, they're really annoying. In fact I had 2 medicines that got rid of them but I keep forgetting to wash my hands which is kind of an issue. They keep coming back. When I first had them, I couldn't sleep at all! It was so annoying! So here's a scenario: I got my laptop in my bed and I was itching so badly! When I tried to sleep I couldn't! I had enough. Also here's a tip: Don't keep scratching your anus. I know it's very hard to ignore them. They're an nightmare! But the truth is if you keep scratched your anus you will peel and cut skin off... Which makes it 10x worse! I advise you to get the special medicine and take it, after a week they should be gone, and you can sleep peacefully. But once they're gone, remember to always wash your hands with soap properly and wash old clothing that you wore for the week. I've had the pin-worms/inch worms for 2 years now, but I got to say because it's the same thing, I just gave up. Now I ignore the itching. It's very hard too, but I ignore it while on the PC. What about going to sleep you ask? Well I found out, if you stay up late they eventually give up. And you can go to sleep. I might be getting medicine soon because I don't want severe infections.

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      Kiki 

      19 months ago

      I have them right now It's not that bad the doctor gave me some pills that they found in the 100's some guy found it in a explosive and they decided to make more and it helped people with pins worms so i had some and it works!

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      JamieRiderBush 

      20 months ago from NC

      I recently read a research paper on sterilization. If you need to sterilize surfaces, first spray undiluted peroxide on it, then spray undiluted vinegar on it. Then immediately wipe clean. This method has been proven to kill nearly all germs and bacteria. It's more effective than either peroxide or vinegar alone. And it's safe for kitchen countertops. I use this method during my weekly house cleaning to sterilize door knobs, faucet handles, toilet handles, and light switches in the bathrooms and, occasionally, my kitchen countertops and refrigerator interior. It is also a great method for sterilizing toys.

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      Julia kordulasinska 

      21 months ago

      They are wriggling it's icing so much what can I do I have to wait until my mum gets me the medicine in the morn what else could I do to get rid of them

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      Xgdh 

      24 months ago

      I've had pinworms for 5 months I've tryed eatting carrots that helped but they came back should i keep eatting more carrots for a month to see what happens

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      mm 

      2 years ago

      i have pin worms for 2 year was scared to tell i hate them can sleep

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      That gurl 

      2 years ago

      I got it and I'm to embrassed to tell anyone... I'm 13 and a girl.. Do they go by theirself..?

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      TwilightPlayzXx 

      2 years ago

      Help me

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      fatima 

      2 years ago

      I got it

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      Shan 

      2 years ago

      I'm feeling so uncomfortable, I'm 14 and I'm in agony, I can't keep still and I end up itching at night, I just just some sleep, I'm constantly going toilet to wipe and see if I can stop the itching, I haven't had a good night sleep in ages and I'm so uncomfortable, it's genially killing me, i just want a good night sleep, I have exams in like a week and I need to sleep, im just wanting this to go so bad, well the itching to stop!!

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      Astrid 

      2 years ago

      Omg I feel SoOOO UNCOMFORTBLE THE ITCH IS DRIVING ME NUTS!!!

      It started like the 2nd day after my period and i thought it was an allergic reaction to pads until i realized that i itch at the same exact time every night!!! Hardly during the day... But now im starting to itch during the day too which is really awkward at school!!!(Im 14 )

      Ive been itching for a week now no joke. Its frickin terrible and im desperate af.

      Im trying to eat carrots cuz i heard tht would help and i did put toilet paper in my u know what....

      Omg this is horrible i wouldnt wish this on anyone. Even as im typing this i can feel the crawling and its so bad tht i squirm... I havent slept in days. My mom and dad dont believe me and im begging them to take me to the doctor so i can get the medicine and just live my normal life again.

      Ive been crying from the agony im feeling. literally... Someone help me please :(

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      Anon 

      2 years ago

      I realized i had these disgusting worms last night and can barely stay sane. Im not sure how long I've had them (im 13 btw) because when i was around the age of 6 or 7 we had a really close neighbor friend that had them. It hadn't started tickling and itching until last night when i first found one when I was using the bathroom. I think the cause of them was eating too much halloween candy because Halloween was only 3 or 4 days ago. But I am not posative that halloween was the cause because last night i could feel the female laying eggs and i do not know how long it takes for them worms to fertilize the eggs so they could lay them.

      I have not told my mom yet because we just recently had our insurence cut off and can no longer pay for hospital bills and I do not want to worry her or have her buy me expensive medicine, but i have been reading the comments and everyone is saying that you should.

      I'm looking for suggestions on how to tell her and for some medicines/home remedies that i can use that are inexpensive and easy to get. Pls help ❤

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      kelvin 

      2 years ago

      crazy feeling i was but i noticed it goes away each time i stop eating sugar and comes back if i eat more such again....but does it mean i don't have to eat sugary food again. i'm just 22

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      Betty 

      2 years ago

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      kierann 

      3 years ago

      I'm 15 and I just got rid of them (with the help of my mom). If you eat sugary foods they will keep coming to you. You just have to keep healthy like washing hands alot, clipping your nails, taping your bum hole closed so the female worms can't get out and reproduce I your areas and get help from your doctor they be gone within a week or 2

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      3 years ago

      Just wash regularly and don't be lazy about it. Hygiene is an everyday thing so even if you scratch, go was your hands afterwards. And the tape seems like a good idea since the female won't escape easily so you can, lets say, poop her out. So just wash your hands people and clean your rear regularly when you have the chance.

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      Adry 

      3 years ago

      So I have pinworms... And I'm scared to go poop and my family is taking it very well we cleaned the whole house and I⃟ r⃟e⃟a⃟l⃟l⃟y⃟ want these to go away

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      Emmie 

      3 years ago

      I think I have these worms. I don't know how to tell my mom though. HELP!

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      Nagisa 

      3 years ago

      I'm 13. I had them for a couple of months. They do go away naturally by just being hygienic, washing your hands, not putting your hands to your mouth, not scratching, eating foods like garlic, yoghurt and pumpkin seeds.. You should tell your parents but like many others I was way too embarrassed and did not. To help, wear gloves at night to stop scratching and change your underwear daily, hope I helped and good luck, I know how awful and disgusting they are and you're not alone❤️

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      Faith 

      3 years ago

      I pull them out and then it doesn't itch and then later they itch again

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      Trestan 

      3 years ago

      This is my 3rd time with theses monsters I have tryed everything under the sun but nothing works I'm going slightly insane *~*

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      tiffany 

      3 years ago

      I'm 20 and I still have them I have tooken medicine for it ate garlic Idk what to do now they drive me nuts they go away then come back I need to get rid of these horrid things

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      Alana 

      3 years ago

      I'm 15. I have 4 lil siblings and I feel like I'm the only one who has pinworms. It annoys me. My lil sister finally got them told my mom and she gave us medicine. It worked but now they're back! I'm way to embarrassed to tell anyone.

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      Lois Ryan 

      3 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      I had these when I was 8-10 years old. The itching was at night, during the day was fine. But when the itching started, it would continue throughout the night. Well too embarrassed to tell my mom. After about a week after going to the bathroom, I rubbed extra hard on my anus and noticed a worm on the tissue paper. After flushing and washing my hands, I noticed it wasn't itching anymore. Each night when the itching started, I would go in the bathroom and keep wiping with the area until I got the worm. About two weeks later, I had no more itching. Years later I found out I had pinworms. CVS sells pinword medications. And good bowel movements help also

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      George 

      3 years ago

      Well I'm not surprised of what I heard. I have pinworms to and its so iratatting every time I go to the toilet i try to wear it of but its still there. I want to know how to get rid of it once and for all !!!! I can't live like.

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      anonymous 

      3 years ago

      Ive had it for ages and don't know want to do someone please help me asap

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      Kiara 

      3 years ago

      I'm 14 and I have pinworms now/ had them before. I don't want to tell my mom right away, but I'm planning on telling her soon. I took some toilet paper and plugged my butt with it, and the tickling and itching stopped (while I had the toilet paper in there). But when I woke up just about 30 minutes ago, I had forgot to put Vasiline(?) on the toipet paper, so my butthole was very dry and sore. Chaffed(?) I think it's called? Only going to do it when I get home from school around 2:30 because that's when the tickling and itching kinda begins. And recently, there has been a bit more worms than usual, and I don't quit unerstan why. More have been bothering me only recently, so I really want to get rid of them fast. For now, I'll plug my butt (and make sure to us Vasiline), wash my hands often and wipe any doorknobs I touch if I haf put my hands in mypants without washing. I also need to wipe the computer down, and do my laundry to make sure thre aren't eggs on them.

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      kylie 

      3 years ago

      I hate worms I think I'm going to tell,y mom but I don't no how to tell her I have a school thing tomorrow and I have family pics don it will be hard plus I cant go to bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      christie 

      4 years ago

      What kinda tape did u guyz use what's the name of the tape?*

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      alexis 

      4 years ago

      I just found out that I have it because just like 2 minutes ago my butthole was really itchy so I go to the bathroom and found a pinworm

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      Jorge 

      4 years ago

      I went through the hell of pinworms., at certain point I thought I will have to live with those little mother flowers for the rest of my life. Desperation made me go on line day after day for like a month! Until with a little from here and a little from there I found the cure. The battle is hard and I made the homework for you. Follow closely these steps and I GUARANTEE you will be free of pin(beep) in less than a month! Are you ready?

      1.- Buy two bundles of the herb EPAZOTE (pronounces apasotte) at a Mexican store, separate it in six sub-bundles, boil 2 litter of water, once the water reaches the boil point add one small bundle and get the water out of the stove. You are gonna drink one glass of that tea first thing in the morning on an empty stomach with a probiotic capsule and another glass of that tea before bed at night (don't worry it tastes like nothing) and eat natural yogurt with as little sugar as possible.

      2.- buy an small bottle of garlic gel capsules (buy the low price ones) and a tube of Vaseline., every night you are gonna take a shower before bed and once you are out of the shower and dry out, make a mix in the palm of your hand (wear gloves) with a little Vaseline and the content of one garlic gel capsule and apply it to the anus, now cover your butt with a 7" pice of plastic wrap x the long of the tube (tape it to your gluteus with six pieces of surgical tape), this is to avoid pinworm eggs to spread all over your bed and you end ingesting them again, also the garlic is going to kill the eggs. In the morning put gloves on and remove the plastic wrap and clean your butt very very good, here comes the hard part. You need to keep yourself baselined up...if you know what I mean, to avoid stain your underwear you probably want to wear feminine absorbing towels so get yourself a pack.

      3.- buy a bottle of disinfecting wet towels and disinfect every thing you touch in the morning, door knobs, toilet flush, kitchen utensils, etc. avoid swallowing the pinworm eggs again! and/or passing them out to the other members of the family.

      4.- isolate yourself, don't let anybody to sleep on the same room with you and forget abut sex during the critical time!

      5.- WASH YOUR HANDS ALL THE TIME ALL DAY!!!

      6.- VERY IMPORTANT!!! STOP FEEDING THOSE SUCKERS! Cut as much as possible your consumption of sugar, sweat food and starches (chocolates, sugar in coffee, cookies, bred, sweet rolls, beagles, subway bred etc., get ready to lose a lot of weight. Don't worry, you'll gain it back. In stead eat as much green stuff as you can.

      Do all that if you really want to get rid of pinworms in a month.

      And if you have a hiatal hernia say good bye to it to as a bonus price for your "sugar sacrifice"

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      Unknown 

      4 years ago

      Ok, I'm not positive that I have these!!! Every other month I itch SO BAD in my bottom. It doesn't just stay it goes away and than comes back. The last time I itched was in December over Christmas break, and now they're back!!! I've had this feeling 3 times now and I don't know what to do!!! I've tried everything and my vagina even hurts too. I haven't had good sleep for days & I don't know what to do!! And the bad part is my family is suffering to because I cry all night because of the agony I feel so my sisters and parents aren't sleeping either!!! Me and my mother have searched everything and tried everything, but nothing seems to work. Help me please, I can not stand it anymore!!!!!

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      nazzy 

      4 years ago

      OMG someone HELP MEH , I have worms I took the liquid med today I'm 13 and I'm so scared they'll never goo I feel so dirty and horrible I don't wanna go school anymoreee I hate it why myyy I haven't slept all week and its acting me hugely HELP I'm so scared .why Me.

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      lukkasr 

      4 years ago

      When I feel like I need to pooh all that comes out is mucus and a lot of pin worms. I have taken vermox is this natural when U have taken this. It didn't happen before hand

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      kk 

      4 years ago

      They are disgusting. I don't know why I keep getting them. No small children around the house. Cleaning top to bottom everyday. Fresh underwear everyday. Bath everyday. Washing with bidet every time I use the loo. Fresh carrots. Squeezing lemon in everything. I won't even bother with the medicines as they just don't work anymore.

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      shun 

      4 years ago

      This is ridiculous but hey u gotta love it

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      4 years ago

      I have them and im 12 they often attack when ii am playing football so annoying help me

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      Kerri 

      4 years ago

      I got them when my period started (week ago) but I thought the itching was a reaction to the sanitry towels I was using (new ones). When I told my mam she gave me cream for yeast infection. I was putting the cream on today and I saw one wriggling on my finger. I wiped my finger and cleaned my hands. I don't know what to do now. I shower everyday and I just feel so upset. I live in my Dad's mostly and I don't think he'll clean everything or even take me seriously.

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      AJ 

      4 years ago

      I've had these stupid things years I'm a clean person well I have to be im 19! But I've had them on and off for about 8 years now! They're vile and so irritating but it's probably because I suck my thumb I need to stop :( everyone who has them stay strong it's not the end of the world and they can't do no damage there's people with worser things. Just go to your doctor and get some medication don't be embarrassed.

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      Michelle 

      4 years ago

      Diatomaceous earth food grade lives me with very severe liver damage. Stay away from it. See a doctor, strict hygiene, and good eating habit will help you stay pinworm free

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      Shanti 

      4 years ago

      Yes! After reading all these posts, from the last few years, I was surprised that nobody had mentioned diatomaceous earth! I hope everyone who commented here will get this crucial piece of info: diatomaceous earth (DE) kills parasites. Its natural, relatively cheap (order FOOD GRADE online or at the health food store), non chemical, totally safe for pregnant or nursing moms and kids. I am a nursing mom with three kids and the whole family's got the buggers (again)- I have tried just about everything in the past. Here is the new recipe (ONLY works with the DE):

      -Shower first thing in the am

      -wash everything, constantly (try that with no washer and drier in the house! Arg!)

      - eat everything parasites hate (pumpkin seeds, raw carrots, pineapple, papaya, cloves, grapefruit seed extract, raw garlic, cayenne).

      - take 1T diatomaceous earth (DE) daily in food or liquid or 1t for children (adult dose for teens). You can also sprinkle it in your underwear and on your anus to make it unpleasant/lethal for them to come out at all.

      -wear tight fitting boxer-briefs to bed

      -garlic clove scratched up with Vaseline on it inserted into bum night and day

      -Stay hydrated (8 cups water a day, minimum)

      -no white flour or white sugar

      -whatever helps you poop a lot

      And to all the kids and teens who are dealing with this- I feel you, I had them when I was young too! Actually 40-80% of kids have them- which basically means most everyone at school has them too, whether or not they know it. Telling your parents means they can help make sure your whole family is clean and clear, following same recipe for health, whether or not they feel symptoms! You have to take care of yourself, drink enough water, shower, short fingernails, etc to stay healthy around the other kids/teens.

      Good luck all.

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      james 

      4 years ago

      If your pregnant then you will have to go the diatomaceous earth root.

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      arlena bum 

      4 years ago

      I eat them

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      Janey Hood 

      4 years ago from UK

      Aimee. Tetracycline worked for me. BUT more importantly you MUST talk to someone, if left, these critters can cause more problems and you are risking infecting other people which is a bit selfish, the whole family may need treating. Don't be embarrassed, it is very common and you will be doing everybody a favour by talking about it.

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      Aimee 

      4 years ago

      I'm 12 and i have had this parasite for years now i just don't want to tell anyone cause it will be embarrassing it hasn't been ichy until i got my new Pj's and i have been wearing them for 2 days has anyone got any good ideas on how to stop the scratching ???

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      Janey Hood 

      4 years ago from UK

      This laborious method and medication didn't work for me and my family, but a single dose of tetracycline did! Poof - gone!

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      kat 

      5 years ago

      try having pinworms when pregnant: the medication is not pregnancy safe. as soon as i have this baby, im getting some meds for this issue!

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      maramerce 

      5 years ago from United States

      Wow. That's gross. I was just curious what this was so I clicked the article. I once read somewhere it's good to eat a 1/4 of papaya seeds mixed with a tablespoon of honey for 10 days to get rid of parasites in the intestines. I don't know if that goes for pinworms or not. They also have papaya seed extract pills you can take as supplements that can help you keep parasites at bay. I've heard that if you have digestive problems, taking these for awhile could help since parasites in the intestinal tract are a common issue most people have no idea about. Great hub though. Obviously very informative and useful.

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      Lois Ryan 

      5 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      Just go to the local drug store and buy some over the counter pinsorm medicine like PinX or Reese's

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      destiny 

      5 years ago

      Im only 11 and i told.my mom but i don't want doctors lookin at my butt and whre do i get medicine to defanatly stp them

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      who knows 

      5 years ago

      put vasoline on your but

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      Jill 

      5 years ago

      I got rid of them! And I never went to the doctor. First, here's what I tried that didn't work:

      -eating a ton of pineapple

      -Vodka butt plugs

      -hand sanitizer on the anus

      -vaseline on and around the anus

      -Pin X every 2 weeks along with cleaning sheets and towels after each use and loads of handwashing and vaccuuming and sanitizing

      What DID work:

      What we have to realize is, Pin X and Vermox, etc. only kill the hatched worms. They don't kill the eggs. Pin X would take 3 days to work, and then the new eggs would hatch in another 3 days and I would be back to square one. This went on for over a month. Then I realized I don't eat a lot or drink enough water, and so I rarely have a bowel movement. Unless I cleaned my intestines, I wasn't going to ever get rid of all the eggs in there. Here's my step by step to success, and they have been gone now over 3 weeks!

      1. One adult dose of the Pin X I got from CVS Pharmacy. It makes you sick as hell so take it right before you are going to sleep.

      2. I doubled up on Colonix Intestinal Cleaner from Dr. Natura which I got online, but you can use any fiberlike powder you mix with juice from a Wal Mart or CVS type store. Any colon cleanse type product. And they are all natural. Or double up on fiber pills, laxatives, anything that will clean you out. If it's not all natural though, you might not want to double up.

      3. I put vaseline around my anus every night I could still feel activity, it does help the eggs from spreading around your house because they get stuck in the vaseline.

      4. Get your colon cleansed (a colonic).

      I had to repeat these 4 steps twice, so my advice is, repeat them once a week, as many times as necessary to get rid of these aweful creepy crawlies. But I promise you this, cleaning your intestines of the eggs WILL WORK!! GOOD LUCK! It's a wonderful feeling to be worm free again!

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      jjjj 

      5 years ago

      i cant get rid of thos

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      maryann 

      6 years ago

      Tell me which tape is this because i have had such a tthing since my early childhood

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      Idunnogirl 

      6 years ago

      Ewww! them things! I had them a couple times, and I saw one on top of the other when i pulled it out my butt! My stomach bloads a lot! I must have quite a lot up in my digestive system! If my mom finds out, she'll get so mad! like we have the mediciine! but she'll be like blah blah blah! like wtf! So, she said use garlic one time! How much do i put up there?

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      Jess 

      6 years ago

      I'm 12 I have this and I want to tell my mum or dad but I really don't know what I would say and I'm scared if they go to my brain like I read on a different website and even if I tell my mum I don't want some doctor looking up mi bum hole :/

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      rose 

      6 years ago

      i have had pinworms sinse i was 7 but now i am 13 the are rally harribe i keep on itcying my bum but i am scared to tell my mam case she laught

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      Rose 

      6 years ago

      Can pinworms come outa yr skin????

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      maxx 

      6 years ago

      Hello I have this but I do not have time to treat it because I am in the USMC I need a way that I can get ridd of it quick I don't care if it is painful I am a marine don't hold back even if painful I just need to get rid of this sh** it pissing me off to the breaking point

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      Chloeisthebest 

      6 years ago

      Hiya i have pinworms aswell and im only 12 i just turend it and im soo scared to tell my mam i have had them for about 5 or 6 months now and i just don't know what to do because if i tell my mam she will want to know i i know i have them and im to embarrest to say my bum was itching and i scracht there and i foung a little white worm on my finger and i think its pinworms plus she will want to know how i know their call pinwors :(

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      Livy 

      6 years ago

      I'm 13 and this is the second time that i've had pinworms and they still gross me out so much!! I havnt tried any of these remedies yet but I'm starting the fomirst time I had them was about A year ago and I didn't know what to do so I just lived through it cuz I'm too embarrassed to tell my mom even though she's a nurse, but at first, I blamed the worms on my dog before I knew what caused them! :) and eventually the worms went away on their own after a while. but now they r back!! so I really hope the tape thing works so thts what I'm gonna try. I also heard small cotton balls work well too btw

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      Chris 

      6 years ago

      I am 14 and i keep getting f***** pinworms they make me itch and the worst thing is that i can feel them moving at night so i cant get to sleep :'(

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      NIssi1 

      6 years ago

      You need to get medication asap

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      asdfghjk 

      6 years ago

      I've had pin worms for how long now, i don't even know. i've tried garlic around my anus, but it sort of burns, i'm going to start trying vaseline but i was wondering if applying household items such as hydrogen peroxide to the anus would kill the worms since it kills bacteria? Its gotten to the point where medication doesn't work and when i have sex with my husband, the worms come out , along with the condom. its discusting and i have no idea what to do, someone help !

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      help 

      6 years ago

      Im 13 and about a week ago i discovered i had got these because i had been really itchy and when i itched there was one on my finger and also when ive been to the toilet i have noticed them. I tried not to freak out but its getting worse and i cant handle it! someone please help, im a girl by the way so i don't want them to spread to the vagina either :( i feel too embarrassed to tell my mom or anyone but i cant stand it

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      rubythunder 

      6 years ago

      i had 9 ppl at home how am i going to get all the kids toys clean and still clean the house is 6 floors high

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      katniss 

      6 years ago

      wow that really helped! :) Is there any way I can pay you? ;)

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      Alice 

      6 years ago

      I'm 12 and i found out i had pinworms so i freaked out and tried to not tell anyone, but it was so uncomfortable so i told my mom who first didn't know what i was talking about so i showed her this website and she completely was there for me. We got over the counter medicine and after 2 weeks they were gone. No one knew aboit it except 4 my mom and me so if you have it BELIEVE ME! Tell your mom or dad and they will support you and those pinworms will disappear as long as you keep up your hygene. Just tell your parents before you are in agony and pain and then your whole family gets it and you get embarrased ;D good luck ( p.s good over the counter medicine is reese's, thats what i used and it worked like a charm plus its cheap)

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      Marie 

      6 years ago

      My son is two how do I make sure my 8 month baby don't get them ughhhhhh

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      Stephanie 

      6 years ago

      Hi my daughter is 8!! And we had found out that she Aldo has pinworms :( it's sad cause I feel so helpless and the doctor gave her a chewable tablet and then she takes another in two weeks!.. I'm scared that my whole family will get them and I'm terrified by any type of bug or parasite..... Just anything that crawls pretty much so I'm having a hard time with this as well as my daughter. How ling do these disgusting things last for and I want to know the absolute best way in getting rid of them I'm tired of the crawling all over my daughters private ereas!!

      Please help me

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      Mom 

      6 years ago

      Kids.

      TELL YOUR PARENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. It's their JOB to know what to do to help you and to take care of you.

      2. If you knew how crazy/messy/personal giving birth to you was, you would understand, you have NO reason to be embarrassed to your mother. We wiped your butt for the first few years of your life. We can handle this.

      3. Your parents LOVE YOU.

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      johnny 

      6 years ago

      im 15 and i told my parents very first thing i did. and over all of the stuff they told me the one person that said something was my dad. he said drink or eat anything that makes you gassy, drop your pants spread your a$$ cheaks apart and fart like mad. he reckons it heats up your anus and then which such a forced blast of air it propels it out. so i tried it and it worked!!!! although im not 100% because i had tried the other stuff b ut the wierdest ones came from my grandparents one said shpove a cakew of soap up there and eat some!!!! and the other one said put a condom over a pencil and stick it right up there then seal it off with sello tape.... i tried that one i also tried soap. i prefered the condom you didn't feel it up there all day long

      hope this helps anyone

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      Meg 

      6 years ago

      My family has always said just eat 4 cloves of garlic a day (raw) and put one up your anus during tha day and night to begin with and after awhile just at night and then continue till the worms are gone.

      Now even tho I'm embarrassed I don't have to worry about wat to do.

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      Noneya427 

      6 years ago

      Im 12 and had them since I was 6 my family never beloved me and then finally my brother got them and then everyone beloved me they are really gross I hope this stuff works:/

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      Aidan 

      6 years ago

      i am 11 i have had worms for like 2 years they go they come and i am just going to starv them from oxegen so hope it works

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      amaris 

      6 years ago

      look im 11 and there driving me crazy helpp!

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      NIssi1 

      6 years ago

      I really think once you get them once you are susceptible to them cos I lived in a house with 4 other children and I seemed to be the one who was plagued with them during childhood nasty little creatures!!!

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      steve 

      6 years ago

      im 14 and ive had these three times twice when i was 13 and now i got them again and im 14 going to get medication 2moz

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      NIssi1 

      6 years ago

      I used to get rid of them as a child by plugging the anus with toilet paper day and night and then eventally at night. Seemed to work as I was too embarassed to tell my mum again. Have also had the infection too many times to remember seem to get it every 3 or 4 years so annoying!

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      pressuredtobeperfect 

      6 years ago

      Look I'm 12 and I have had these in the pat and I got them again but I really want to know any home remedies instead of going over to the pharmacy because I will just be embarrassed

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      Iloveedsheeran 

      6 years ago

      After hearing everything, i'm scared i won't get rid of them! I hate it i'm 14 and its so annoying, i'm sl glad theres people out there with it and not just me to!!

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      Rolo Piggybank 

      6 years ago

      Man, i've had this infection too many times to even count /: I don't know how I get it; I avoid touching my mouth (anus too) and wash my hands frequently. I also don't hang around small children, and I can't work out who's giving it to me. It's beginning to really pi$$ me off!!!!!

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      moras 

      6 years ago

      can someone tell me what's the exact name of this tape to close my anus to suffocate this creature and where can i find it?i think that one works best.is it like i must spend 24hrs with the tape or there is a time when the worm moves towards the anus?

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      Tell them ! 

      6 years ago

      The best thing you can do is tell your parents. Better having a full Team up against these little bast@rds than one man. plus you wont be doing any of the insane amount of cleaning that is required in order to get rid of the eggs that move from your rectum onto underpants, sheets etc, your mom will. she wont hate you for having Pinworms, its is a very easy parasite to contract. Your parents will go on a full house lock down which will minimize reinfection by a considerable amount. i am 18 and i have Pinworms. trust me having more people help will be much much better.

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      Angel 

      6 years ago

      I've had these pinworms a lot. I just started freaking out about them today though, because I saw a lot more than usual coming out of the anus. They do itch like crazy, but when you poop A lot I guess it helps. You loose them pretty fast. Btw. I'm 13. What scares me the most, are the female worms migrating into the vagina. So yeah. You get them sometimes also when you eat too many sweets. One time I stayed up ALL night because of these stupid things. Idk why they were ever created.

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      adele 

      6 years ago

      Hi um... i'm 12 and i by reading this(and all the comments) it came 2 me " I HAVE THE STPID PINWORMS" and i'm too scared to tell my mum.

      P.S. what do you mean by tape and where do u put the tape? dou put it on ur vagina hole or ur butt hole? plz tell me coz these pinworms are driving me MAD!!! P.P.S. i think i've had these since i was little coz i felt itchy when i was like 6 and still... DRIVING ME MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      6 years ago

      thank you this helps

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      kyra 

      6 years ago

      I hope this does work I have had this for some time now and its bugging me and I hate it

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      polly 

      6 years ago

      this better works because i don't want people to get sick and that will sound awful when somebody has it what do you think? oh yes because i am going to wait i forgot ok aw!!!!!!!!!! i keep on forgetten!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so bye bye

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      lisa 

      6 years ago

      i hope this is ture

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      duckysAreAwesome 

      6 years ago

      I found out tonight that i have got them i bite my nails a lot but im trying to stop i need to know the best why of getting rid of them im 12 a girl and have school and i don't wanna tell me parents because im assamed and i don't wanna go to the doctors im so nervous i need to get rid of them im desperate anything and i don't know when i got them please help me somebody ...... i have never had them before and i need the quiest why to get rid of them...

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      Chris 

      6 years ago

      Hi, I believe I have pinworms which spread from my anus to my vagina. I've taken two regiments of Vermox with my last dose being yesterday. Other than using Clove Oil daily (which supposedly kills the eggs) I also take Pumpkin seed oil, a few garlic cloves a day, a Probiotic & bathe twice daily. I really don't want to become re infected do I'm trying to use all techniques

      possible.

      What kind of tape is bring used to cover anus?

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      ....k. 

      6 years ago

      iam 15 year old girl and i think i have them...i find out yesterday i scatch lol my ass well if ic an say like anus ..i feel so embarest to telling it even here but it was in my finger and it ws moving i nearly got a heart attack i was so scared.. and i just put water on it tht it can go away and.. then i went to see it in internet wth it is and i find this (pinworm) im so scared and i don't want to tell my mum about it or go to doctor cuz iam too embarest ...when i wake up today i went to see if i got some in my panties and i find one pineworm in front i dunnot know how tht get in there so i change mine in the mornng and then i wen tto see again and i find like tlike two egg i dunno if u can see them but they look like eggs or it was worm wth was growing so i change my panties and then i wen to see if i got it on me and i found two white stuff so i went and wash half of my bodie ..iam so scared tht it gone get worse or bigger or i duno wth ..please help me cuz i was having school today and i was feeling sick because of this just to think of it tht i got a stupid worm in my ass like it eww just help me what can i do i cleaned my hand today in the morning like 3 times nd put handjell.....i was reading u can get them from biting your nails and iam biting my nails all the time but tht gone stop cuz i don't want to have them again so tell me wth else can i do to stop them..than just wash my self and my hands and changing the panties

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      Bob 

      6 years ago

      This is going to help so much

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