Pinworm and Threadworm Infection
Pinworm / Threadworm – The Facts
- Pinworm (USA) or Threadworm (UK) infection, also known as enterobiasis is caused by the nematode (roundworm) Enterobius vermicularis.
- Young children and their household members, including adults, are at risk for pinworm infections.
- Pinworms are visible. They range in size from 2-13 mm, are white, and resemble a worm but the pinworm eggs are small, transparent, and can be seen only with a microscope.
- Pinworm infections are spread person-to-person by ingesting pinworm eggs that have contaminated fingers, bedding, clothing, or other items.
- The major signs and symptoms of pinworm infection are discomfort and itching in the anal/rectal area. Children especially will scratch the rectal/anal area, get eggs on their fingers or underneath their fingernails and transport the infective eggs to bedding, toys, other humans, or back to themselves.
Other signs and symptoms may include:
- Discomfort in the anal and/or vaginal area
- Rash or skin irritation around the anus or vagina
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping and/or restlessness due to irritation of the skin
- Pinworms can often be seen on the anal skin or in the stools, sometimes detected in the vagina, and may produce some vaginal discharge
- Some infected individuals may have abdominal pain.
- Some infected individuals can get secondary bacterial infections from intense skin scratching.
- Pinworm eggs hatch into larval forms in the small intestine and then progress to the large intestine where they mature, mate, and progress to the rectal/anal area where females deposit about 10 to 15 thousand eggs.
- Diagnosis may be done by a “tape test” and/or by visualizing pinworms in the stools or on the skin near the anus or in the vagina.
- Most primary care or pediatric doctors can diagnose and treat patients with pinworms.
- Several drugs (mebendazole, pyrantel pamoate, or albendazole) may cure a patient with pinworms when administered over time.
- Natural and/or home remedies are available, but patients should check with their doctor before using them.
What are pinworms
Pinworm infection is an infection of the large intestine and anal area by a small, white parasite that resembles a “worm.” The medical name for the parasite is Enterobius vermicularis, but it is commonly termed a pinworm in both the lay and medical literature. These parasites are also termed seatworms or threadworms, and the infections are medically termed enterobiasis or helminthiasis. Pinworms and other parasitic worms (which, as a group, are termed helminths) feed off of the host animal by absorbing nutrients from the host animal. Pinworm infections are the most common helminth infection that occurs in the US. Pinworms only infect humans. Dogs, cats, or other animals cannot become infected.
Who gets pinworms?
Pinworm is the most common parasitic worm infection in the United States, and the majority of pinworm infections worldwide occur in children, in temperate climates.
Pinworms in children
School-age children have the highest rates of pinworm infection. They are followed by preschoolers. Institutional settings including day care facilities often harbor multiple individuals (adults and children) with pinworm infections. Sometimes, nearly half of the children may be infected in a day-care facility.
Pinworms in adults
Pinworm infection often occurs in more than one family member. Adults are less likely to have pinworm infection, except for mothers of infected children. However, adult sexual partners can transfer the eggs to each other. Pinworms may also infect the vagina and urethra.
A Four-Part, Comprehensive Approach, For Handling Resistant or Stubborn Pinworm / Threadworm Infection
This is a four-part approach I have put together based on my 29+ years of research and clinical practice. That said, everyone is different and is exposed to individual epigenetic factors. It’s these individual epigenetic factors that make many easy-to-treat issues, difficult to treat. When combined with the following resources, even the most stubborn cases should resolve. Stress reduction techniques are also very helpful when treating chronic, stubborn body problems. Here are some resources that will help: Dan Brule (breathing), Doc Parsley (sleep), Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. (How your beliefs affect your biology), and Gratitude
*Disclaimer: The data contained in this post is for educational purposes only and is not to be construed as a treatment protocol or recommendation. No warranties or claims are made by the author. None of the data below has been approved by the FDA. The data below is not meant to treat, mitigate, or diagnose any disease or symptoms. None of the herbal or natural ingredients below have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of any medical condition, including parasites, and products that purport to be bentonite clay and DE are not regulated for safety, purity or effectiveness. Please consult with a physician before starting any nutritional protocol.
Step One (OTC)
Reese’s Pinworm Medicine 2 oz. Follow the instructions on the bottle. Shake very well before dispensing the recommended dose. Repeat in one week and then one week after that, for a total of three rounds.
Step Two (Topical)
A. Full-strength clove oil can be mixed with an equal part of coconut oil and rubbed around the rectum each night. A small amount of neem leaf powder, from an opened capsule, can be sprinkled in with the mix. The mixture may possibly irritate the tissue around the rectum. If so, discontinue, use less clove oil, and/or add more coconut oil. This mixture can be used throughout the day if needed.
B. Use full-strength clove oil under your nails and around the nail bed to kill the eggs.
Step Three (Environmental)
Spray the bed sheet with the Eradicator to kill the pinworm eggs before removing them from the bed. Shaking the sheet will only launch the egg into the air. Spraying the entire house, pay attention, especially things like doorknobs, keyboards, and things you usually touch. I would also use some of the oil (mixed or not) inside the ears and around the nostrils. The eggs can be transported anywhere.
Step Four (Herbal Support)
A. Neem Leaf Powder – This can be made into tea and drank throughout the day and it will be used in the Intestinal Parasite Cleanse Shake
Preparation: put 1/2 teaspoon of the powder in a cup of hot water and mix it. It tastes bitter, so you can add some stevia and lemon juice. It is recommended to drink neem tea three times a day. The first cup of it in a day should be on an empty stomach
B. Wormwood (Artemisia annua) Wormwood Tincture – contains alcohol. Add 1 full squeeze of the dropper bulb to 2 oz of water, juice, or neem tea. Drink 3 times per day. Best taken between meals.
C. Wormwood Capsules – Take 1 capsule, without food, 3 times per day. Best taken with neem tea.
D. Grapefruit Seed Extract (Paracan MYC) – Take 1 capsule, without food, 3 times per day. Best taken with neem tea.
D. Intestinal Parasite (pinworm) Cleanse. The mixture is to be done twice a day, for one month or longer if needed.
1 Tbsp – Psyllium Husk Powder
1 Tbsp – DE additional data – Worming with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth & Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth Health Benefits for Humans
1.5 tsp – Bentonite Clay
1 tsp – Neem Leaf Powder
Add 1 full squeeze of the dropper bulb of Wormwood Tincture or the contents of one capsule.
1 tsp – Clove Powder
1/2 tsp Ginger Powder or 1/2″ Section of Fresh Ginger w/Skin
6 or more – Black Peppercorns – (10 mg of piperine increases curcumin utilization)
1 tsp – Curcumin Powder 95%
1/2 tsp – Ceylon Cinnamon Bark Powder
1/2 tsp – Stevia Powder (Mandatory to make the shake more palatable)
1/2 cup – 100% Pineapple Juice
1/8 cup – Raw Pumpkin Seeds, In Shell.
Combine, mix in a blender, and drink.
Step Six (Diet)
- Follow a very high fiber, vegan or vegetarian, diet (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains). Pinworms don’t do well with a lot of insoluble fiber.
- Animal protein should be limited.
- Table sugar should be completely avoided.
- Avoid starches like potato, corn, and white rice.
- Add raw pumpkin seeds (in the shell) when you can to salads.
- Avoid all refined carbohydrates, boxed or packaged food.
- Spices like garlic, thyme, oregano, and dill are extremely beneficial and should be added to your food.
- Raw garlic, if tolerated, is one of the best herbs to add to your diet
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