Pinworms, or pinworms, are small, worm-like parasites that cause severe itching around the anus. Sometimes, the body is still able to fight off a mild infestation of pinworms, especially if you use home remedies. However, because pinworms are highly contagious, it’s best if the person infected with it should see a doctor to get rid of the parasite more quickly. Read on to find out more about everything you need to get rid of pinworms.
Eliminate Pinworms by Keeping Clean
Be committed to practicing strict hygiene. Pinworms can live up to 6 weeks. So, if you want to get rid of a pinworm infection without medication and prevent re-infection, the whole family should always practice a hygienic and clean life for at least the life of the worm.
Pinworms are so contagious that everyone living in the house should participate.
Even if the parasite has passed to someone else, you can still be infected again.
Wash your hands as often as possible. You should wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap to prevent the spread of pinworms.
Always wash your hands thoroughly after you use the bathroom or change a diaper.
You must also educate children about the importance of washing their hands. Make sure they practice it too as children usually don’t realize they have spread an infection.
Cut and polish your nails. Pinworm eggs can get stuck under your nails when you scratch. So you have to trim and scrub your nails to prevent this from happening.
Trimming your nails can also prevent bad habits (such as nail biting) that can increase your risk of pinworm infection.
Clean clothes, sheets and towels. Pinworm eggs can stick to clothes and sheets, especially when you sleep. For this reason, you should wash these items daily with hot water and detergent.
When a pinworm infestation occurs, you should wash your underwear, pajamas, towels, pants, and washcloths every day.
Sheets should also be washed daily, unless you are taking antiparasitic medication. If you are taking antiparasitic medication, sheets only need to be washed on the first day of treatment and every 3 days or so after that.
Dry everything using a dryer set on the heat setting. Heat is very effective in killing pinworms compared to other drying methods.
Be careful not to share washcloths or towels to prevent the infection from spreading.
Take a shower every day. Take a hot shower at least once a day if the worm infestation has not disappeared. Use liquid bath soap or a stick when bathing, not just cleansing the body with water.
Pay special attention to the skin around the anus so that the pinworm eggs are lost by rubbing soap.
Take a bath in the morning so that the pinworm eggs that stick at night can be removed and washed with water.
Bathing with a dipper or shower is better than soaking in the tub because it can reduce the risk of spreading pinworms to other parts of the body. Pinworm eggs that drift in the water can enter the mouth or other parts of the body.
Clean the surface of objects that may be contaminated. It is very important to clean the surfaces of potentially contaminated objects, because pinworm eggs can stick to objects you touch, such as clothes, toys, cutlery and furniture. Worm eggs can also survive for 2-3 weeks outside the body.
Clean the toilet seat every day.
Clean and disinfect kitchen countertops and other surfaces regularly.
Clean and disinfect children’s toys.
Place the toothbrush in a cabinet (a type of small cupboard) and rinse it with warm water before use.
Stop scratching. Although pinworms usually cause annoying itching, don’t scratch your anus because pinworm eggs can move to your fingers or hands and pass the infection on to other people.
If you scratch the affected body part, pinworm eggs can get trapped under the nail.
Wear gloves or tuck your hands into socks at night so you don’t scratch while you sleep.
Cut the nails. By doing so, the pinworm eggs are less likely to get stuck under your fingernail even if you accidentally scratch the affected area.
Removing Pinworms with Medicine
Buy pinworm medicine without a prescription. Look for oral medications that contain pyrantel pamoate . This drug will paralyze the nervous system of the pinworm, which forces it out of the body through feces (feces).
Follow the directions for use on the product packaging to determine the dosage and frequency.
You should not use this medicine if you have liver problems, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Pyrantel pamoate may interact with other supplements and medications. So, you should first consult with your doctor or pharmacist to find out if this drug is safe for you.
Ask your doctor to give you antiparasitic medication. People who are infected with pinworms are usually treated with antiparasitic drugs that will eradicate adult pinworms quickly.
Two antiparasitic drugs that are often used to treat pinworms are mebendazole and albendazole . Both of these drugs will prevent the worm from absorbing the sugar which makes it lose energy, and eventually die.
Both of these drugs can cause mild digestive disorders, such as stomach pain and nausea.
This medicine can also cause more severe side effects, such as sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, unusual bleeding or bruising, and fatigue. If you experience any unusual side effects, stop using the drug and contact your doctor.
Doctors may prohibit the use of this prescription drug in patients who are pregnant or under 2 years of age.
Ask for an anti-itch cream. Ask your doctor to give you an anti-itch cream that is safe to use around the anus. You may be given cream with a prescription or without a prescription.
Although antiparasitic drugs can kill the pinworms, you may still feel itching after the initial treatment. This can be uncomfortable and cause problems because the worm eggs can remain in the system even after all the adult pinworms have died. When you scratch, worm eggs can spread and make the problem worse.
Be prepared to repeat treatment. Maybe your doctor will advise you to take the drug again two weeks after giving the first drug.
Symptoms of pinworms may subside or disappear within the first week of treatment, but this medication only kills adult worms. The second treatment or “replay” will kill the newly hatched pinworms from the eggs that did not die in the first treatment.
Practice good hygiene. While pinworm medications are highly effective, you and your family members should practice good hygiene to reduce the risk of re-infection and transmission of pinworms. Follow the guidelines in Method 1 to prevent reinfection and reduce the risk of transmitting pinworms to others.