Pinworms are a common parasitic infestation in the United States. These parasites infect the digestive tract, causing intense itching around the anus when they emerge to lay thousands of eggs at night. Itching spreads the infestation further and causes the affected host to reinfect themselves. It's easy to transmit pinworms and difficult to eliminate. Herbal, food-based remedies can help get rid of infestations, but only use them with a doctor’s approval and in addition to a prescribed, medicinal remedy.
Increase your fiber intake during a pinworm infestation. Eating foods high in fiber helps strengthen the speed and efficiency of medicinal treatment and may help prevent re-infestation. Grains, raw vegetables and whole fruits are excellent sources of fiber that can be beneficial during this time. You can also take fiber supplements to help increase fiber intake.
Probiotics are “good” bacteria that maintain the status quo inside your intestinal tract. They are a natural protection against harmful organisms like pinworms. Plain non-fat yogurt is the best source of probiotics in food, but you can also purchase probiotic supplements from some grocery stores and most health food stores.
Garlic can also help fight pinworm infestations. Mash up a garlic clove and mix it with honey to improve taste. Consume this mixture two to three times daily for up to three weeks. If you dislike the taste of garlic, simply swallow the clove of garlic whole, like a pill.
Grapefruit and pumpkin seed remedies can help expel pinworms from your system. Add 5 to 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract to a glass of water once a day to utilize this remedy. Pumpkin seeds can be eaten whole or ground up and mixed with honey and water.
Foods to Avoid
Pinworms thrive on sugar and refined carbohydrates. If you’re trying to get rid of a pinworm infestation, eliminate foods high in sugar and refined carbs from your diet until the infestation ends. Foods that fall into these categories include white flour, white sugar, soda and some cereals.