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How to Get Rid of Pinworms and Itchy Anus

Updated on January 04, 2017

Pinworms in Anus Area


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. They live between two and eight weeks.

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.

Getting rid of a pinworm infection 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.

Pinworm Infection 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.

• Vaginal discharge (rare).

• In children—loss of appetite, weight loss, irritability, inability to control urination.

How Does Someone Become Infected with Pinworms?

A person becomes infected with pinworms by ingesting pinworm eggs. 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, pinworm eggs hatch in the small intestine and travel to the large intestine where they mate. The male dies after mating and is passed out in 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 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

• Check toilet paper after wiping the anus to see if any adult pinworms are present.

• Alternatively, take some scotch tape and stick it to the anal opening, then pull it away and look for adult pinworms.

• It's best to check for pinworms at night when the female tends to travel to the anal opening.

Diagnosing Pinworm in Bowel Movement

Pinworms in excrement.
Pinworms in excrement. | Source

Treating a Pinworm Infection

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. It’s important to treat the entire household, 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. Pinworm drugs generally require a second dose two weeks after the first one. The instructions caution against taking more than two doses, but some people take four doses (one dose at a time, each two weeks apart) to prevent re-infection. Consult your doctor before deviating from the instructions that come with the pinworm drugs.
  2. Regular bowel movements. 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 or most of the pinworms out. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is another natural way to help regularize bowel movements. DE is said to be lethal to microscopic parasites but is harmless to humans. Be sure to buy food grade diatomaceous earth.
  3. Bathe twice 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. Be sure to use fresh, clean bath cloths and towels. Wash used cloths and towels in very hot water with a good laundry soap.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 each meal and teach your children to do the same.
  6. 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.
  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 it’s 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.

Relieving an Itchy Anus

The itching is caused by wriggling female pinworms that come to the anus opening to deliver their eggs. Plug up the opening. Some people insert a clove of garlic (apparently pinworms don’t like garlic) directly into the anus opening. Others push toilet tissue into the anus. If you use tissue, coat it with a little oil or petroleum jelly to prevent chafing.

Clean 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. Use a good soap and hot water. You could try a germicide or antibacterial soap, but it is not certain that even a 50% bleach and water solution will kill pinworms and their eggs.

A recent research paper on sterilization recommends peroxide and vinegar as a very effective method of sterilization. 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.

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 bed sheets.


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      Nottelling 6 years ago

      omg this helps me so much!! :'( im infected with them and cant get rid of them and its hard to resist the urge to scratch but i never scratch no matter what .ive had some in my vagina but it only happens when im having my preiod.Why you ask idk.

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      me 6 years ago

      Yea, right!!! and how exactly can we wash the douzens of toys in the house which are battery powered? Water is not allowed to touch these!!

      It looks like a lost battle!

      The only hope is that the child make sure not to touch his mouth and nose without washing first - although even that.. what are the chances of the eggs getting off and dying if we don't wash with very hot water? I mean one can't burn the poor kid's hands just to get rid of eggs..

      Well. All is left to do is pray that the kid who visited us w/ the worms didn't manage to leave them around here during those 2 hours of play

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      Wisecracks 6 years ago

      Old remedies that work!!!!!

      ( had it as a kid 2x years apart

      Medication from dr gave me side affects.

      So elder in our family suggested items below,

      And it knocked them out! It's worked for my kids too!)


      -absolute Best and easiest= is to ingest garlic or garlic capsules ( yes there r odorless ones!)

      -cleanse with witch hazel and small drop of tea tree oil on cotton ball

      -Strong probiotic

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      chelsea 6 years ago

      does clogging ya bumb really work?

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      Cam 6 years ago

      I dig em out at night should I stop?

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      Sam  5 years ago

      I have them for two days .Lol and im 12 i don't wanna tell my mom or go through the trouble of cleaning EVERYTHING , gosh its like lice all over, anyway pls help leave a natural remedy for me and something i can do to the house , ( something a twelve yr old can do pls )

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      This condition is an absolute nightmare!! It's ruining my life!

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      may 5 years ago

      Medical Tape did it for me...well, it appears to be working thus far...

      I had it for months, tried different medicines, tried different diets, disinfected myself and my house constantly until I felt I was going insane. I finally read somewhere that they come out to lay eggs because they need oxygen...and it got me thinking. OXYGEN! They can go days without food, and are resistant to medication, and are retroinfecting me, but they can't reporduce without access to AIR! So, I found the perfect medical tape - not too sticky, very flexible, and thick enough they couldn't possibly get through. At first, I wore it for a few days (replacing every time I used the washroom of course), then only evenings and overnight. Being a woman, I'm already used to pads, tampons, etc., so a little piece of tape was no problem - I didn't even notice it. I finally feel worm free! And, if I even think I feel the slightest tickle, the tape goes back on. I am sleeping peacefully and my mind finally feels at ease. Hope this helps you too :)

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      Staffordsara11 5 years ago

      I hope this works because I got red of them once and now there back and I can't go to sleep and I have school tomorrow

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      cody 5 years ago

      Alright so I had them once then they went away and now there back can regular soap work by breaking off a piece or something and shoving it up there

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      Person 5 years ago

      I am 13 and have them plus I have Sokol 2morow I don't want to tell my parent and can't go to the doctors what do I do!!!!!!help me

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      13year 5 years ago

      Obviously the best choice is telling parents and doctors but if u can't

      1st cut ur nails and put clear polish along the edge of each nail

      2nd buy and use hand sanitizer and wash hands frequently

      3rd change pjs every night

      4th take pin-x or resses

      5th wipe and wash bum regularly

      6th wash surfaces ( toilet,sink...)often

      7th eat pumpkin seeds to make u poop more so u poop more worms

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      Bob 5 years ago

      This is going to help so much

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      ....k. 5 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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      Chris 5 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


      What kind of tape is bring used to cover anus?

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      duckysAreAwesome 5 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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      lisa 5 years ago

      i hope this is ture

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      polly 5 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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      kyra 4 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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      4 years ago

      thank you this helps

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      adele 4 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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      Angel 4 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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      Tell them ! 4 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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      moras 4 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 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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      Rolo Piggybank 4 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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      Iloveedsheeran 4 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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      pressuredtobeperfect 4 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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      NIssi1 4 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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      steve 4 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 4 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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      amaris 4 years ago

      look im 11 and there driving me crazy helpp!

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      Aidan 4 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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      Noneya427 4 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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      Meg 4 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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      johnny 4 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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      Mom 4 years ago


      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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      Stephanie 4 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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      Marie 4 years ago

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

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      Alice 4 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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      katniss 4 years ago

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

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      rubythunder 4 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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      help 4 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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      asdfghjk 4 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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      NIssi1 4 years ago

      You need to get medication asap

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      Chris 4 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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      Livy 4 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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      Chloeisthebest 4 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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      maxx 4 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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      Rose 4 years ago

      Can pinworms come outa yr skin????

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      rose 4 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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      Jess 4 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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      Idunnogirl 4 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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      maryann 4 years ago

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

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      jjjj 4 years ago

      i cant get rid of thos

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      Jill 4 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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      who knows 4 years ago

      put vasoline on your but

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      destiny 3 years ago

      Im only 11 and i 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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      LoisRyan13903 3 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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      maramerce 3 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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      kat 3 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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      Janey Hood 3 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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      Aimee 3 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 3 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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      arlena bum 3 years ago

      I eat them

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      james 3 years ago

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

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      Shanti 3 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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      Michelle 3 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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      AJ 3 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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      Kerri 3 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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      3 years ago

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

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      shun 3 years ago

      This is ridiculous but hey u gotta love it

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      kk 3 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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      lukkasr 3 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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      nazzy 3 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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      Unknown 3 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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      Jorge 3 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!


      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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      alexis 2 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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      christie 2 years ago

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

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      kylie 2 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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      Kiara 2 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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      anonymous 2 years ago

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

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      George 2 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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      LoisRyan13903 2 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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      Alana 2 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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      tiffany 2 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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      Trestan 2 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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      Faith 2 years ago

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

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      Nagisa 24 months 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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      Emmie 21 months ago

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

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      Adry 20 months 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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      19 months 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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      kierann 19 months 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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      kelvin 17 months 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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      Anon 17 months 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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      Astrid 15 months ago


      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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      Shan 8 months 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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      fatima 8 months ago

      I got it

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      TwilightPlayzXx 8 months ago

      Help me

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      That gurl 7 months 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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      MomOfThree 7 months ago

      Each and every person who's commented.. I hope you read this! I make it my priority to educate myself on things that are brought into my life by God or my children. I have 3 kids ages 7, 3, &1 years old. FIRST thing to do..STOP ALL SUGAR FOODS PERIOD. they feed and multiply fast with sugar..they come back after seeming like they're gone bc there's a lot in the guts, SECOND olive oil 100% natural, 1 tablespoon every day..helps toake you poo and coats guts with barrier so they have hard time sticking/clinging inside to poo that's not moving..and it'll help get you're blood back to processing food they way its supposed to. THIRD plenty of water, 8-10 8ounce glasses of water a day, you won't have room for soda or juice, which has sugar...more water if you can. FOURTH if you've taken meds before and they no longer work, the worms have become immune (the meds don't affect them any more) every animal has the ability to evolve to make sure its kind can stays alive for generations. For example, Bed bugs get immune to same poison if they're not killed the first time its used, so a different one has to be used the next time, or they will reinfest immediately. Evolution is why many animals are still alive today. FIFTH those who are terrified or embarrassed to tell at least one of their parents, STOP THINKING YOUR PARENT WILL LAUGH OR BE DISGUSTED OR SHAME YOU OR NOT LOVE YOU, these are the kinds of things we WANT YOU TO TELL US..EVWN IF ITS HARD TO SAY, WE WILL NEVER MAKE FUN, WE WILL QUIETLY HELP FIND THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR OUR FAMILY AND WE WILL BE VERY THANKFUL YOU TRUSTED OUR UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE MEANS THAT NO MATTER IF U HAVE WORMS, AIDS, START YOUR MONTHLY, WANT TO DATE SAME SEX AS YOU, POOD YOYR PANTS, BROKE THE LAW, ARE GROUNDED FOR LIFE, OR ANY SITUATION THAT CAN BE IMAGINED...WE WILL NEVER STOP LOVING YOU OR THINK YOUR NASTY OR BLAME YOU FOR GETTING THEM, We need you to tell us what's going on with you in your life, specially when u don't know what to do and are scared..that's what we are here to help you with. We want to help you find the answer, not live in shame bc u too embarrassed to say hey I got a extremely common infestation of parasite..or try mum I think I have worms, bc I felt this itch and tickle in my butt hole, and I looked it up and seen I possibly have some kind of worm, or I felt it and scratched and seen it so I know and I'm scared... We will not judge or laugh..we will almost cry bc you have been dealing with hell for however long and were too afraid to tell us, bc u didn't know how we would react..even if the initial reaction is what? Or ohhhh baby...why didn't you tell me? We might get upset bc u didn't tell us and as a mom I know about worms and embarrassing shame you feel I had them as a teen/young adult..I was scared and didn't know what to do..I didn't have parents, and my guardians were not I educated myself.. And treated myself.. I made sure that I only took advice from herb specialists, .org websites, or the center for disease control website..they have factual information on how you get them, their life cycle, what they feed on most and what's required to rid the body of it. Not just pin worms, all things known to science to cause humans pain, suffering, agony and embarrassment.. Treatment option that range from Dr visit, to natural cures you can make at home most time cheap and u probably already have most the things needed... Please remember this if anything if your too scared to tell mum or dad, go to a .org or BBB accredited website to get your information..some people would tell you to try ......and it could hurt you. I strongly recommend you stop imagining the horrible response you think will happen if u tell ur parents, are over thinking bc embarrasment and completely are taking what YOU think of your self and role playing in your head the what if scenarios.. And u are making them worse than what it will be..I guarantee u will feel a lot better to get it out and off your shoulders and its a lot better to have mum or dad help teach you and help get through the cleaning and making sure all info is gathered and appkied. You will be so thankful that you over came the fear of saying it, and got them things gone..if u don't get rid of them..they can and will multiply inside your guts for a long time years possibly, to the point it can lead to them blocking bowl movement's and then the gut may tear and they'll leak to other parts and possibly back you up so bad it ends up deadly. Worms are so common but not talked about...most people you meet have at least one type inside them and don't know or won't tell.. You can help protect your health and the people you love by telling the fear and embarrassment to shut up for ten seconds..and in them ten seconds plunge into the words you need most..mum or dad or nanna, I feel a tickle and itch at night/day, I seen feel it moving, I can't sleep I'm scared and embarrassed..please help me I don't know what to n see if you ain't bouncing around happy after you get that out..

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      mm 6 months ago

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

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      Xgdh 6 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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      wtd 4 months ago

      I have had pinworms for a couple of years off and on. I have taken a lot of garlic and The Black walnut tincture and Apple cider vinegar. I know that I have them, because I have seen them. I have been recently taken Black walnut tincture again and ever since I have been on it my anus gets very itchy at night. I have hadn't a full nights sleep for a week and a half. I am so fucking sick of them. I feel like a disgusting person. Help!!

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      Julia kordulasinska 3 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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      JamieRiderBush 2 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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      Kiki 7 weeks 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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