How To Eliminate Pinworms Naturally

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I have been putting off writing this post for some time now.  Honestly, I wasn’t sure if people wanted to know about, or if I even wanted to share, our families pinworm experience.  This morning, a few mamas in a natural parenting group that I am involved in had a discussion on pinworms and natural pinworm remedies.  I explained how our family treated and eliminated pinworms naturally and realized that it was time to share our families pinworm experience.

Yes, my daughter had pinworms.  And yes, we treated and eliminated pinworms naturally!

Did you know that pinworms are more common than lice?  I didn’t.  I had never even heard of pinworms until a friend of mine told me about them last year.  We had a brief converstaion where she filled me in on pinworms.  I thought they sounded gross and was relieved that we did not have them.  Fast forward a few months.  My youngest child, Audrey, had been very cranky.  She had been having trouble sleeping and her stomach seemed to cramp at night.  I assumed that she was suffering from a stomach bug but was confused because her stomach did not bother her during the day, only at night.  On day 3 I discovered that this was no stomach flu.  Audrey was running around the house after her bath with no clothes on.  That is when it happened.  She had an accident in the middle of the living room.  I grabbed a towel to clean it up.  When I leaned down I stopped dead in my tracks.  There I saw them.  I instantly recalled the conversation I had with my friend and realized that I had come face to face with pinworms.

That night was horrible.  Audrey screamed and cried complaining of itching while grabbing at her bottom.  I gave her many warm baths and rubbed her down with coconut oil in an attempt to soothe her.  She eventually fell asleep on me.  I laid her down and  headed to the computer to investigate those gross little critters that were terrorizing my baby’s body.

So, if you made it through that horrible story you may be (desperately) looking for answers just as I was.  Well here we go, I hope that this will be helpful to you.

What are pinworms?

The pinworm, also known as threadworm or seatworm are the most common type of roundworm found in the USA.  (you can read more over at Medical News Today).

“Pinworms are really small — about as long as a staple. Their eggs get inside the body through the mouth after you touch something which is contaminated with pinworm eggs, then touch your hands to your mouth.

After getting in your mouth, the eggs pass through the digestive system. The eggs hatch in the small intestine, and the baby worms grow and move on to the large intestine. There, the pinworms grab onto the wall of the intestine. After a few weeks, the female pinworms move to the end of the large intestine, and they come out of the body at night to lay their eggs around the anus.”  via

photo credit:  The Irvington Dispatch
photo credit: The Irvington Dispatch

I thought that Audrey had a stomach flu because she was suffering from what I thought were stomach cramps at night.  Those weren’t actually cramps, rather it was her body tensing in reaction to the intense itching and discomfort caused by the worms coming out of her body to lay eggs.

How do you get pinworms?

Pinworms are spread from person to person.  The eggs of pinworms can live about 2 weeks.  One person scratches their bottom and doesn’t wash their hands.  They touch an object and leave the eggs there.  Another person touches the object, now the eggs are on their hand.  They touch their mouth and ingest the eggs, they are now infected with pinworms.

People who get pinworms are not dirty people.  Unfortunately, people do not talk about their children having pinworms.  I mentioned previously, they are more common than lice!  I was shocked when I discovered that there was an outbreak of pinworms in my area.  I was disappointed that people were not talking about it.  It is taboo, I get that but come on!  I eventually discovered where Audrey most likely picked up these critters, it would have been much easier for me to diagnose if I had known she was exposed.  I notified everyone that we had been in contact with in the previous week and informed them that they had been exposed to pinworms.  It was the responsible thing to do.

What are the symptoms of pinworms?

Pinworm symptoms include:  itching around the anus, disturbed sleep, irritability, restlessness, appetite loss and difficulty sleeping.  I have also read that people crave sugar when they have pinworms.  However, some people never experience any symptoms!

Some parents investigating their child’s bottom at night with a flashlight to confirm an infestation.  You can also take a piece of scotch tape and place it on the anus then remove it to look for eggs (I assume you would need a microscope for this).  Or you can witness them in a bowel movement (as I did), although you don’t always see them.

How did I eliminate pinworms in our home?

I was able to eliminate pinworms in our home naturally.  And I am happy to share with you how I did this but first I would like to say that I am not a doctor and that this is what worked for us.   Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider to discuss medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment AND prior taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.  Nothing you read here should be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis, or courses of treatment.

After a very restless night I watched the clock anxiously waiting for it to hit 11:00 so I could call my local herbalist.  While I was waiting I called on my mother in law to help.  She came to our home and took the kids outside to play.  I cleaned.

I knew that these eggs could live on a surface for 2 weeks so I cleaned.  I mean, I really cleaned.  I rarely use bleach but I did for this occasion.  I washed all of our bedding, towels, underwear, and family cloth in HOT water.  I scrubbed potty’s, bathtubs, and floors.  Our kids often run about half-dressed, or not dressed at all, therefore I felt the need to clean everything.    Door knobs, light switches, dining room chairs, I scrubbed everything.

The clock struck 11:00 and I anxiously made my phone call.  I was told that I needed to come in and get diatomaceous earth.  I asked her to package some up for me and told her that I would be there soon.  Before heading out I researched diatomaceous earth (DE) as I had only heard of using it topically not ingesting it.  I researched and decided that I would treat my family with DE to eliminate pinworms in our home.

It is important to get FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth.  You can find information about diatomaceous earth at Earth Works Health and Global Healing Center.

update:  It has been two years and my family continues to eat DE in our smoothies due to it’s many health benefits, you can read about them here.

You can buy DE Amazon or you can purchase the same DE that I use for my family and home over at my Etsy store:

where to buy diatomaceous earth


I treated our entire family with DE.  The dosage that I used was 1 tbsp daily for adults and 1 tsp daily for the children.  I added it to smoothies, applesauce, and even water.  It does not dissolve so make sure you stir it up.  It is also important to try not to inhale DE, as it can damage your lungs.  I also placed DE in her diaper and sprinkled it in our bedding to eliminate any pinworms that may have escaped.  I continued to treat everyone in our home for 90 days due to the fact that reinfection is very common.  (I still include it in our diet due to the many other beneficial qualities, but that is another post!)

You can also help eliminate pinworms through diet.  Pinworms like carbohydrates and sugars, they do not like garlic.  I have read that pumpkin seeds are great to eat if you have pinworms!

I also made a topical treatment.   I diced several garlic cloves and mixed them with a small amount of coconut oil in a small mason jar.  It is important to store it in a warm place (the longer it sits the stronger it gets).  I would rub this mixture onto Audrey’s anus (using a Q-Tip) before bedtime and first thing in the morning.  Doing this repels the adults from laying more eggs and kills any eggs that are present.

Audrey started sleeping more comfortably on the first night.  On the third night she showed no more symptoms.

photo credit:  Kidspot Daily
photo credit: Kidspot Daily

The symptoms may be gone, but it is important to remember that you must continue treating for pinworms to avoid re-infestation.  Eggs take up to two weeks to hatch so if there are eggs present in the body they will hatch (if they are not eliminated) and the cycle will start all over.

How did I prevent future pinworm outbreaks?

I continued giving all members of our family with DE orally (I even gave it to our dog until I realized that pinworms only live in humans) for 90 days.

For the first week I washed bedding and towels after one use.  This was a lot of work and used a bunch of energy (I washed in hot then hung dry) but I felt it was necessary.  It is important not to allow an infected person to shower or bathe with anyone else.  Clean the bathtub after every use.  No more babies running around without undies on.  Wash hands, wash hands, and wash hands some more!

Pinworms suck, they really do.  You have to be diligent when eliminating them from your home.  Don’t give up, I am hoping that that comfort and peace find their way quickly to you and your loved ones!

You can read more about natural home remedies for pinworms over at or  If you or someone you know is suffering with pinworms I hope that this post helps you (you are NOT alone!).  If you have other natural pinworm remedy please share them in the comments!

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209 thoughts on “How To Eliminate Pinworms Naturally

    • Dave says:

      Just wanted to ad a few more ideas to these excellent suggestions. I am pretty sure I have pin worms. I bought ten pounds of diatomaceous earth that I already had in my basement. I also had a large syringe unopened so in addition to a lot of the stuff mentioned here I have been taking things like the diatomaceous earth, wormwood, clove, black walnut hulls, a little pin-x and what ever else I can think of orally and also at the other end with the syringe. I think a fleet enema would work just as well if not better. I bought some ever clear and put it in a spray bottle and am wondering if spraying my bed will kill eggs. I’m also wondering what I can spray or wipe on the floor to best kill them. I’m eating tons of raw garlic. Thanks.

      • Dave says:

        Can I also add, does anyone know how dangerous the Pin-X stuff is? I am thinking, at least, three or four dosing’s spread out over the coming weeks will be needed to completely end this and would like to know if it can hurt you or accumulate in your system, again, thanks!

        • Kristina says:

          Be sure to look up the ingredients, and then do a search with the ingredient name and MSDS after it (Material Data Safety Sheet). Then read the dangers. Usually drugs have terrible side effect dangers.

      • Howard Thron says:

        Hi everyone. I read many of the responces that people have sent in to this post about pinworms and I decided to add one of my own. The rind of avocados is also effective for expelling worms from the digestive tract. Something else that I need to mention is directed at those of you who are thinking of using wormwood as a treatment. Please be cautious. There are three kinds of wormwood: Artemisia absintium, Artemisia annua and Artemisia campestris. All three have been known to cause dermatitis after being in contact with the skin. All three have been known to cause allergic reactions and the absintium variety has been known to cause nervous disorders, convulsions, insomnia, nightmares, and other symptoms even inrelatively small doses. Please be certain you know which one you are using and use them with extreme care if you are using it to treat your children. Stay natural and stay healthy!!!

        • Leah says:

          Hello, thanks for this very interesting blog post! I love your blog! Way to go. Now for the topic at hand, I’ve recently come across the work of Dr Natasha on healing the gut to have better immunity from all sorts of pathogens including parasites, and you can go to some very good interviews with her on the Mercola website here: I’ve also read a lot about the use of iodine to treat worms both in people and livestock. Sorry I don’t have the link handy but the Weston Price Foundation has good information on iodine. I have used diatomaceous earth as a precaution against parasites but did not have any die off reaction. I’ve also used the wormwood, black walnut and clove protocol. It’s fairly easy to find the specifics and to follow it. Again I had no die off effects but I did it after a trip to Central America just I case I had picked up something from being there.

  1. I think it’s really important to share these stories. Ages ago now, a friend gave me their family saga of dealing with lice and I remember feeling so glad that I wasn’t going through that. Well about a year later we did–but I was much better prepared for the turmoil because of what I’d learned. (I still remember my daughters favorite stuffed dog, which turned into a curly haired dog when I put it in the hot dryer since she couldn’t sleep without it). At least the lice are over faster–you have my sympathies!
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      • Angela says:

        The price I have found is on Amazon. You can also find it at a health food store, just make sure it is food grade! Good luck Natali :)

        • Natali says:

          Thank you so much!! I hope this works for her. They have tried multiple antibiotics and nothing has worked. She’s super skinny and cant barely sleep at night. I have faith that this will work. I’ll make sure to share the results. :-)

          • veronica says:

            Hopefully they’ve taken care of it by now, but antibiotics don’t treat worms. Maybe you should ask them if they’ve thought of seeing another Dr. for a second opinion….Or if you think they may not actually be taking her to the Dr., you could offer to help with the fees to go to the Dr. Sounds fishy to me.

              • I agree antibiotics do not cure pin worms. I have been to the doctor twice for myself about these little critters. I have taken antibiotics twice and washed everything but it didn’t work. So i started reading on my own way to get rid of them. You can get over the counter liquid medicine its called reese pin worm medicine treatment it works better then the antibiotics from doctor. I had pin worms so i started with that medicine and it worked for me.

            • Kristina says:

              If it is NOT food grade, it has been high-fired to over 1000 degrees, and acts like shards of glass in your insides… not a good thing, and it is dirty since it is for industrial use.

              Also, only food grade comes from clean fresh water sources. Even clean sources can have contamination, like aluminum (with the danger of Alzheimers, etc.) so buyer beware.

  2. Hai iam 20 years old iam still affected by pin worms. I used to take neem juice every time iam affected it would cure. But this time i would plan to take tablets. Pls suggest me any good tablet to eliminate pinworms.
    Sorry for my bad english .thank u

    • You can try Reese’s pin worm medication it works. Plus you can get it over the counter. Because i have read a lot of people say that antibiotics from the doctor doesn’t work. So i wish you the best on riding them.

      • Kristina says:

        BEWARE that standard Pinworm medications like Reese’s can have terrible side effects long term. With ANY drug you are thinking of taking, first look up the ingredients, then do a search for it with MSDS after it (Material Data Safety).
        Reeses has the following dangers on it’s MSDS:
        ***Chronic Effects on Humans:
        May cause adverse reproductive effects (maternal fertility, fetoxicity) based on animal data. May affect genetic material based
        on mutations in microorganisms.
        ***Special Remarks on other Toxic Effects on Humans:
        Ingestion: May be harmful if swallowed. May cause gastrointestinal tract irritation.
        May affect behavior (somnolence, convulsions). May affect respiration. May affect liver. The toxicological properities of the substance have not been fully investigated.

  3. Melanie says:

    How much DE would you use for a 10 month old? I just discovered pinworms and know it will be a battle to get rid of it in her, especially since absolutely everything goes to the mouth!

  4. sean says:

    Hi. My name is sean im 14 years old and I suffer every night if im lucky I could get 4 houers sleep at night because of pin worms I just want to ask you how do you make this medicine. It would be really helpfull if you could help me thank you

  5. Heather says:

    Can you take DE as a routine preventative? We have discovered them in my youngest 2 (11 months and 3 years) and I’m cleaning like crazy and we did do a Pin X, but I’m afraid they will pass it back and forth at the sitter since this is where it started. Do you think daily DE will keep us from getting them back?

      • Heather says:

        Angela, would you still give the 1 tsp amount to the baby? Do we need to take an additional fiber supplement? I SOOOO appreciate any advice on this. It is very hard to find any concrete way to do this, especially with small children.

        • Angela says:

          I would probably give less to a baby. I never used it in a child under 2 so I am not sure in what direction to point you. However I will say that my 2 year old is pretty tiny at around 25 pounds if that helps to compare your 11 month old. I never add a fiber supplement but I am sure that it wouldn’t hurt. Good luck mama!!

  6. luce says:

    I have had DE in our house since the great flea outbreak of 2001! we used it around the entire house and started taking it internally every once in a while since then. My oldest is showing signs of pinworms and we are treating with DE. I guess this is all to say, Thanks for talking about it. It is so “shameful” still to have common parasites, It’s too bad really. Anyhow I purchased the DE the first time at a pet supply store. It sounds crazy but it is food grade and 100% DE . I later found some on Amazon. My only suggestion is to read the ingredients as some DE is mixed with other materials. Love.

  7. Corinne D says:

    I need your help regarding threadworms. I’ve been using Diatomaceous Earth myself for one year as a maintenance just to keep my system clean. I also add it to our morning smoothie for my family. I came across your site when I found out that my daughter had threadworms and searched online to find a solution. After reading your story I decided to give DE to my daughter. It’s been 5 days now, and although I don’t see any at night when I look at ther rectum my daughter says that she can feel movement in her tummy. She can feel them sliding and zigzaging etc.. I’m worried that DE won’t be enough or would like to know how long in your experience it would take with DE to remove them all?
    Many thanks

    • Kathryn Fox says:

      Are you sure she’s not imagining it? I wouldn’t think she could feel them so much. Perhaps the thought of them has her upset. If she keeps insisting when you find no signs I would have hee tested by a doctor for both of your peace of minds.

    • Kel says:

      Those most likely aren’t threadworms she is feeling, but my son complained of the same sensation and he tested positive for many parasites. I would send a stool sample to a place where a trained parasitologist will analyze under a microscope, as the labs most generally used by doctors will pick up about 20% of cases.

      • Chip W says:

        DE taken orally should kill any kind of parasitic insect. If you look at it under a microscope it is like ultra-tiny broken glass shards. It doesn’t bother us, but to an insect it is deadly. It get’s in between their chitin plates, into the soft stuff, and tears it up. The wet stuff in the bug leaks out and they die. So it’s not a poison or a chemical, it kills them mechanically.

        Just as an aside, referring to previous comments, what kind of idiot doctor would prescribe an antibiotic for pin worms?

        Also, someone further above asked about Pin-X. I tried it and it made me feel like crap for a few hours, as if I had been poisoned. It did not seem to affect the pin worms though, I cannot recommend it.

        Good luck all at ridding yourselves and your families of this pestilence.

  8. dawn shank says:

    I just wanted to say that I use DE in my poultry feed (for ducks geese chickens & turkeys) as a preventative for worms. Also use cayenne pepper. Its a common natural means for farm animals so if u have a farm or feed store near u they might have it :) I buy it in 50 lb bags, but u can get smaller bags easier. I stand by it 100% Good Luck! Thank u for the article! I was just researching doses for human pinworms, I found it right here, thank u for that! Dawn =)

  9. Cody says:

    I have had pin worms on and off for about 2 years now, and I am sick of it. I do not want to tell my parents (don’t tell me I should), so medical assistance is out of the question. I guess I will try the garlic remedy. Any reccomendations on what else to do?

    • Meezburger says:

      There are other health benefits to diatomaceous earth that you could say you are taking it for to make it seem less suspicious, but while I love natural remedies, they can be labor intensive and hard to hide if that is what you feel you need to do. Alternatively there are pills that are single dose (and another two weeks later) that you can get over the counter at any pharmacy. They have obvious names like pinX.

      • Angela says:

        Hi, thank you for stopping by! I am aware that there is over the counter medicine available and that is great if that is the route you choose to take. I try to avoid chemicals whenever I can which is why I choose to treat pinworms naturally instead of using pinX.

    • Lex says:

      Just an fyi, pinworm medication is over the counter, no need to go to the doc. You just need to take two doses two weeks apart, it might be more discreet than fighting them the natural way.

      • zevvy says:

        I’ve taken the over the counter drug a couple of times now, it works for that two week span, but two weeks after they come back, my doctor told me that i was the 10% of people for whom the meds wouldnt work, the first time, and that a second dose had another 90% chance of doing the job. This would be my fifth time taking it. it’s coming close to a year and i can say, with confidence, i don’t think the drug works. Last time i took it i not only bathed, thoroughly and purchased new clothes but lived in an entirely new household for a month or so, they came back and here i am. I’m about to try the DE, i’ve heard good things. I’ve also read cases when even taking the over the counter pinworms last for years. I’m not as worried about discreet now, and i’d encourage others if you have to take a second dose to also try DE along with a heavy gaarlic diet and an external garlic rub. Goodluck.

  10. Hi, my 3 yr old son had head them for what seems like a month first 2 weeks in diagnosed, I took him in straight away when u saw white things in his poo they brushed it off, anyway finally 2 weeks ago they gave him a script for albenza I’m still seeing white things in his poo and now my 16 month old who’s also had his first dose and myself have them so I saw ur post and bought some DE my local herbalist said only 1 tsp for adults and 1/8 to 1/2 tsp for kids I’ve been doing garlic and Vaseline at night in addition to the DE in unders/diapers. How long do u think it will take to get rid of them or start seeing effects? My baby is still kinda squirmy at night and now he’s got a lousy cough to top it off so I’m worried about the DE in his diapers irritating that. Any advice??

  11. Jackie says:

    Hi, I have a 3 yr old son who has been battling these things for almost a month, the first 2 weeks went undiagnosed, I took him to the doc soon as i saw white things in his poo SHE dismissed them. I finally saw them with a flashlight at night and called then they gave him script for albenza-that was 2 weeks ago he is due to get it again today. His behavior has gotten better seems tobe in a better mood etc, but now my 16 month old has them as do i. My 16 mo old has had 1 dose of albenza also but still seems to be suffering. I came across ur blog a few days ago and have since bought some DE. I have been using ground up garlic cloves and vaseline on his bum at night (and mine) and put the DE in the unders/diapers. Also have had everyone is the house taking 1/2 tsp for kids, and adult 1 tsp for adults, for about 3 days. I have not felt any itching or discomfort but have felt movement. My question is how long did it take for you to see results? oh my local herbalist told me to only use a tsp as to not “over dry”. Also something about using a probiotic?

    • Heather says:

      I couldn’t use DE for my 3 year old because it constipated him and he wasnt potty trained at the time. SOOO when he did go, it literally ripped his little skin to shreds because he sat in the poop. I always have us on probiotics so that is probably why they suggest it. If your 16 month old starts to bleed at diaper changes (it cuts the skin when you wipe), its the DE. We ended up having to use pin-x for the 2 littlest ones but we all treated at the same time and I did it more than the recommended 2 times.

      • Michelle says:

        To Heather, “I couldn’t use DE for my 3 year old because it constipated him and he wasnt potty trained at the time…”
        Your little guy just needs fresh fruits; grapes, apples…those are fabulous in a daily eating plan or as the primary of our eating plans. No constipation will occur in a human diet nutrient-filled with fresh grapes and apples. Best to avoid the anti-fertility chemicals in the bug sprays on our fruits and veggies…my advice is to buy non-GMO and Organic – real fruit and veggies; not laboratory-made, and void of brain-damaging, cancer-causing, and fertility-damaging pesticides. Remember, “cide” means kill.

        Hit those lovely fresh grapes and slices of apples and plenty of them! Voila! That DE will do him dandy!

        • lou says:

          This is not the case for many people – I’ve had constipation for almost 5 decades and it didn’t matter my diet – I’ve tried many including diets only eating whole foods with tons of fresh fruit and veg. What many people don’t understand is that having a sluggish metabolism is a primary cause of constipation and that isn’t always so easy to fix. Children can be born with a sluggish metabolism also. My husband eats a very refined diet – no constipation. There are a lot of factors that cause problems and it frustrates me when someone is so flippant with advice. Fresh fruits and veg are wonderful and should be a big part of everyone’s diet, but eating that kind of diet isn’t going to fix everything,

          • Beverley B says:

            I agree. It’s unfair for people to assume that a child with constipation must be eating a diet low in fresh fruit and veg. I have suffered constipation all my life. I can’t even look at certain vegetables without having an IBS reaction. My oldest child started with constipation when I first gave her a supplement of formula milk (I breast fed exclusively as long as I could, but she has always had a massive appetite that I couldn’t satisfy). I had to change the formula and from then on its been a constant battle. She LOVES all fruit and veg, she will eat literally anything and gets more goodness from fresh produce than any other kid I know. My youngest eats a lot less, is much pickier, but does about four poos a day! We are all individuals, and the inner workings of our bodies are subject to massive diversity. Rant over ha ha.

  12. I just want to thank you for writing this article. Let me say that you are right; there is a lot of shame and vicious gossip about kids getting pinworms. I thought it was bad when kids had lice…and mine haven’t…but I made the mistake of posting on my Facebook page that my kid had pinworms and mothers that I hadn’t heard from in months suddenly popped on to my comment to ask how, and why and each, was it contagious, cause their kids were coming for a play date…the hits kept coming.

    I am currently embroiled in this lovely epidemic. I remember having them as a kid and being vigilant about watching the toilet…my husband is paranoid and wants to treat us all with the OTC med available. I have been acidifying my diet, using garlic a lot, and getting my kid to drink a tablespoon of bentonite morning and night. Pushing fluids is key with bentonite, and I am wondering how this will work, as I usually only take it myself when i am feeling upset stomach or diarrhea.

    Moving on to DE from Amazon next. the one thing i don’t want to do is wash her bedding EVERY DAY. what a drag. can i spray lysol on the sheets instead?


    • Heather says:

      Forgive me for chimming in, but I commented above and got rid of these nasty things a few months ago. If you do nothing else, you MUST wash all bedding and towels/washcloths daily. Especially if you are not going to use an OTC method. The eggs are spread at night and get in the bedding and clothing. If they are not washed off, you will all inhale them and the cycle will start all over. You are trying to break their lifecycle. The most important way to get rid of these is by keeping the bathroom and bedrooms super super clean. It was the biggest pain in the butt, but you absolutely will never get rid of them without this because you will continutally inhale eggs, etc. BTW, lysol wipes/spray does NOT kill the eggs. Nothing but heat does and sunlight can. Thats why washing her body every morning when she wakes up and washing the linens is so important. Good luck! We all started a parasite cleanse because of this and have never been healthier. I am almost done with 3 months of DE myself.

  13. Stephanie W. says:

    I just want to say Thank You so much for writing this blog! My family and I have been battling pinworms for some time. We have been to the doctor twice for this and spent a total of $400 in medicine. Each time I cleaned like there was no tomorrow and washed linens daily. I found out the hard way they are resilient to prescription drugs. I ordered the food grade DE from Amazon it will arrive today. Thank you again I feel like this was the answer to my prayers!!

  14. Nee says:

    Hi, after reading your post I had made the coconut oil+garlic for application. Will this special ointment expire? It’s been 2 days since I made it. It certainly smell stronger now and I noticed there are small bubbles. Should I throw it away and make new one? So far it works good in reducing the itch since I use it 2 days ago, while I started Albendazole today.

  15. hector ofori says:

    i am 47 and come from Ghana,i have been experiencing severe itching around the anus and its very irritating. i cant sleep. i am unable to eat,have stomach cramps,waist pains.i have constipation too and movement in my abdomen.Please what should i do.,Can someone volunteer please and purchase the DE for me?

  16. Nee says:

    Thanks. I will continue using it then. A few more question. May I know what’s the brand of DE you’re taking? I can’t find it in my country and thinking to order from Amazon but was worried what’s the brand that’s safe for human consumption. Seemed like until now, there’s no DE that’s truly certified for human consumption but if it’s safe enough for you and little ones, I figured it should be safe for me too.

    • Angela says:

      Hi, I just make sure that it is FOOD GRADE DE, that is what is important. If it states that it is food grade it is safe for consumption. Good luck to you & please ask if you have any more questions. :)

  17. Puppy Mommy says:

    I am SO glad you were brave enough to talk about this. I had an ex who used to scratch his anus in his sleep and always complained of having stomach pain. I just thought he had hemorrhoids and an ulcer or something but since he refused to go to the doctor, I never thought too much of it. I’ve already starting taking DE as a cleanse for other parasites anyway and after reading this I am SO glad I am! It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if I have pinworms too! UGH! I eat a lot of garlic and my anus never itches but if I do have the little critters I’m sure I’ll eradicate them with the DE. What’s bad though, is that I have four little chihuahuas that could potentially have them. I know that you can see tapeworms in stool but shouldn’t I be able to see them in my puppy’s stool or is that not always the case? I’m reluctant to give them DE because they’re so little, I wouldn’t know how much to give.

    • Angela says:

      Thank you for stopping by! Sounds like your ex could use DE as well. 😉 I don’t think you have to worry about your pups, I have read that dogs & cats cannot get pinworms (you may want to read more about this though). Good luck on your cleanse and Happy New Year!

  18. Kristi says:

    Hi There, Please forgive me for asking this- I don’t want to come off as rude is any way… I just want to know, did you really truly eliminate pinworms from your home using this method? I found pinworms on my daughter one night after we had to leave a restaurant because she was itching so bad. The Dr wrote me a px for something they no longer make. After running around and calling I was told to just treat her and the family with over the counter Pin X. It did not work. He says he can’t prescribe her the other available med because it’s too strong, she’s 6. I’m extremely desperate and read something about a DE scam…. Yours truly, Kristi

    • Angela says:

      Yes, I really did use DE and it worked wonderfully for us. I am so sorry that you are having to go through this, good luck!

        • Angela says:


          I know that you are probably feeling scared but I am certain that your parents will be fine with this. Anyone can pick up pinworms anywhere – you did NOTHING wrong!! The faster that you begin to treat the pinworms the quicker you can find relief. Sending positive vibes your way Kayla <3

    • Angela says:

      Yes, I eliminated pinworms in our home using DE and lots of cleaning! I am so sorry that you are going through this, good luck!

  19. Laura says:

    I am strongly suspecting that my 3 year old and 2 year old have pin worms. This treatment is not a small undertaking and I am 7 1/2 months pregnant, 4 kids and homeschool. I’m completely overwhelmed with out even dealing with this. I have not seen any but he has all the symptoms. Before I undertake this would it be worth it or necessary to have a Dr. test to confirm (we don’t have insurance so it’s a big decision to do that too). I also read that these symptoms could be Candida. Since this is so communicable is there a time period I should keep them from exposure to any one else? I found a lot of other natural treatments, did you try any others that completely failed?

    • Angela says:

      I am so sorry that you may be dealing with this Laura. Maybe sneak in a few hours after bedtime and take a peak? I was able to actually see them in Audrey’s stool a few times. You may want to make sure what you are dealing with prior to treating. If you want to proceed with treating pinworms I would recommend cleaning your house, think of everywhere that everyone has touched and clean it (totally overwhelming!), don’t let kids bathe together, and make sure you wash towels & bedding daily. Everyone needs to stay on top of washing hands and you can begin giving them DE. If you want to treat Candida there are several options there as well. Honesty, I would figure out what it is exactly that you are dealing with bc you have enough on your plate as it is mama! Good luck to you and your family. Please let me know if you have any further questions!

    • Angela says:

      We made sure that we washed our hands constantly and that our home remained clean. The amount of laundry I had to do everyday practically kept us at home. I would say that we isolated ourselves for about a week other than close family coming to visit. I was paranoid about sharing with friends!

      • H D says:

        Thank you! My poor little darling is still having trouble settling in at night even with the DE, garlic/coconut oil and an anti itch ointment. :( it is so sad and I am praying it leaves our home super soon! Thank you for your helpful article.

  20. Momtosix says:

    Thanks for posting this. My toddler has been going nuts–doing what we call the “worm wiggle”– for the last couple of nights. I’ve tried everything to alleviate the itch but nothing worked except pure exhaustion around 3:00 am. After reading your post tonight I poked a hole in a garlic oil capsule and squeezed it into the anus. I did not see the “wiggle” going on anymore and he is currently sleeping. I am hoping I have found an easy answer to the itch at least while I treat the worms. I also gave him DE in some applesauce.

    I have used Dr. John Christopher’s Parasite formula several times before and it always seems to get rid of the symptoms within 2 nights; and after doing the program, as directed on the bottle, for 3 or 4 rounds (approx 3 1/2 weeks) the symptoms are usually gone. We live on a farm so I try to do the parasite cleanse on all my children every 6 months or so–symptoms or no. I love the stuff!! Word of warning: it is some of the nastiest stuff you will ever taste. There is no way to mask the taste so I shoot it into the back of their mouths with a medicine syringe and let them wash it down with some juice. I even do this for my older children as it just seems to be too much to drink it out of a cup. :) This formula can be bought from several places. Just google “Dr John Christopher parasite formula”.

    Thanks again.

    • Angela says:

      “Worm Wiggle”, I love it….the word not the reason behind it! I have never heard of that parasite formula, thank you for sharing. Good luck and thank you for stopping by! :)

    • Carmen says:

      I’ve been told by a RN that the best time to check for the worms is 2 am. Just turn the child over while sleeping and flash a light on their anus. The worms seem to come out at that time to lay eggs. I’m so thankful you posted your experience & a natural remedy. Too many are never aware of this ailment.

  21. Heather says:

    FYI, my son had no visible of pinworms every time I checked him. I only found out when at the Dr. for another reason and I mentioned testing just in case because we had exposure at daycare. I never saw them and he never had symptoms. Also, DE treats candida, as well, so if you take sugar out of the diet you should be eliminating *whatever* it is. :)

      • Heather says:

        I mentioned they were exposed and I had been checking them and so the Dr. said they would do a test just in case. They just swabbed his little butt with a q-tip and looked at it under the microscope. I was shocked that he both had eggs AND the worms because I NEVER saw them (not even when they did the swab). I did see them when he passed the dead ones after treatment.

        Honestly, if your Dr. hasn’t heard about pinworms, id be looking at his credentials! This is not a new thing. Every ped I talk to sees it daily.

      • nav1 says:

        hi thanks fir your useful post. i currebtly have a 3 yr old and 3 and a half mnth old effected by thread worms. i wanted to knw whether de can be used on my youngest and how ling it took you to see the results? getting quute desparate as i want to enjoy ny children but all i see when i look at them is worms and a sense that i have failed them. i have heard of grape seed extract as also working for children. could you combine both.

  22. Nee says:

    Hi, I thought I should share my update here. The DE that I ordered from Amazon finally arrived 3 weeks ago. I don’t care the shipping cost was double the price of the DE itself or I had to wait 10 days for its arrival, I just want this infection to end. I started with one tsp a day on 27th Jan, and the relief was obvious by 3rd day. I did not see any worm in my stool, but the black specks I used to see were gone. However, I cheated on my diet recently and the wriggling was felt again, so yesterday I drank 1 tbsp DE X 2 times a day. This morning, I saw white threads in my stool. I hope I will continue to expel them and get rid of them for good. I guess I need cina tincture too. I still can’t get hold or cina tincture in my country or even amazon.

  23. Thank you for sharing this. I am suspecting we may be dealing with pinworm with my 3yo. He has been exceptionally cranky lately, and has a very itchy bottom, though it seems to bother him all day, not at night. But, seeing as how we have faced other issues that have not presented themselves in text book fashion, I will err on the side of caution and treat naturally. Just last night I was trying to think of ways I could deal with this, and pumpkin seeds, and DE were my thoughts, along with GSE. Decided to get online to see if others were successful with those items! I have all on hand, and will start very soon….though the thought of treating all of us, and all that laundry (we have a household of 10) is not fun. But I’ve been there/done that with lice AND scabies. Yuck, yuck and more yuck. BUT I treated all those other cases naturally as well, so I know it can be done.

    Thank you!!
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    • Angela says:

      Hi! For our smoothies I usually use banana, spinach or kale, berries, coconut oil, hemp hearts or chia seed gel, and a bit of Total Omega – they are sweet and the kids really like them so it is super easy to add the DE to that. Good luck! :)

  24. Reem says:

    Thank you for sharing. My family suffered from pinworms for a very long time. I tried everything but nothing worked. It all started when my sun started preschool and since then we are still strugling. I would like to try your method but i am 4 months pregnant and i really want to eliminate this problem forever specialy that im expecting a baby i dont want to pass this problem to my baby. Please help

  25. Tony says:

    Hi I saw this link for very cheap DE which makes me wonder if it’s too good to be true or not. I read the description and it sounds nice and all but I really don’t know how to judge if it’s good or not. I was wondering if you can tell me if this product seems legit or not. Thanks.

  26. Tony says:

    Hi I saw this link for very cheap DE which makes me wonder if it’s too good to be true or not. I read the description and it sounds nice and all but I really don’t know how to judge if it’s good or not. I was wondering if you can tell me if this product seems legit or not. Thanks.

  27. Hannah Miller says:

    I have had pinworms for four months, since early January. Since January 20 or so, I have taken DE every night consistently, one heaping teaspoon. I’ve gone through two large containers. For about two weeks, I also inserted a clove of garlic every 24 hours and ingested it orally every 24 hours. I have not eliminated pinworms. At times I’ll go days without seeing them, other times they drive me mad for several nights in a row. From what I understand, this is typical of any pinworm infection untreated. I have no reason to think DE has had an impact on my symptoms, and I’m finally about to try Pin X. Just adding my case to the mix.

    • Heather says:

      Im thinking you arent taking enough DE. 1 tsp is a childs dose. For an adult, try 1-2 tbsp. Also make sure you are washing your bedding and towels and washcloths every single day for at least the first 1-2 weeks and showering every morning. We ended up using pin x, as well, and took that every two weeks for 6 or 8 weeks (dont remember) to break the life cycle because my friend whose daughter we got them from only did 2 doses and had to retreat. I was very rigid with cleaning and all this and they were completely gone. Good luck! I know what I nightmare this is.

  28. Jen says:

    Just wanted to thank you for posting such a great article. My toddler was just diagnosed with pinworm and its been such a nightmare. I’m so glad to be able to finally soothe him and treat us all in order to prevent any future outbreaks. We really appreciate you opening up and helping all other parents battling this some support.

  29. Tess says:

    Hi All,
    Thank you for this post. I made up a cream with chickweed ointment and garlic. I have been putting it on 1 year old and the three year olds bottoms and they have both been sleeping beautiful. The tree year old i also gave combantrin to which i think is the over the counter version of pins here in australia. The other advice i have been given by family and friends is beetroot and carrot. So we have had beetroot in salad and beetroot tart, carrot dahl and carrot sticks. So far it seems to be working a charm. But we are only on day three so we will see what tonight brings. I have cleaned the house inside out once and washed all sheets once but i have been giving everyone showers first thing in the morning. Which i read on another site, to make sure you wash the freshly laid eggs from the little ones bottoms first thing. And hand washing, we are washing hands all the time which is making a difference too. Good luck to everyone else and thanks so much for your blog post.

  30. hi all

    i have been feeling poorly for ages ( years ), the docs have not been the best in figuring out what was wrong with me. i stumbled across the reason by chance. i diagnosed myself with having pin worms & probably some other type of parasites that infest the human body. there are roughly 300 different types of parasites that can infest the human body.

    i had alot of the pin worms symptoms: sleepless nights, scratching around the anus, rash around the anus, sugar cravings like no tomorrow ( i had even gone to the doc to give me a diabetes test, which came back negative ), stomach craps which left me doubled over, diarrhea or very loose stools, awful smelling poop.

    i started a home remedy by chopping up 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, adding them to a small glass of water & slugging it back. done daily on an empty stomach before lunch. i also ate pumpkin seeds but i believe the garlic was more effective. after about a week of doing this, i noticed a big change for the better. a lot of the above symptoms disappeared or diminished. so since i knew i was on the right track having some type of parasite infection i went to a natural herb shop & bought a parasite killer called ” Para – Sit ” by sura vitasan. i am now finishing the 1 month treatment & i havent felt better in yrs. my stools are hard, my poop no longer smells horrible, diarrhea gone, sleeping like a baby & wake up refreshed, no more itching around the anus, etc. since i love garlic anyway, i continue taking the garlic treatment 3 – 4 times a week just for the adding protection.

    i wipe my anus & surrounding area 1st thing in the morning with alcohol to kill off any eggs that any adults that are still alive might be depositing there. it sure burns but i dont think its harmful. i consider myself a clean person & i am, but for the life of me i dont have a clue where i got them from.

    i live in a very rural area of northern spain & have farm land planted with the holm oak that produces the black truffle. maybe the parasite infection came from me working on my land, from a dirty bathroom, a dirty waiter in a bar, etc. but 1 thing i am certain of is that i had more than 1 type of parasite in my body & the docs ( quacks ) didnt have a clue. thats whats most scary.

    all the best & i hope my post can help others


  31. Zodka says:

    I seriously cannot thank you enough for this post. My three year old daughter woke up crying two nights ago, complaining about a “rash” down there and could not get back to sleep. It was ROUGH. I looked and noticed that it was redder than normal in and around her vaginal opening. Took her to the doc where it was determined she probably had some kind of vaginits. Then I noticed she was really scratching her anus and complaining about it hurting and itching. That’s when I thought to look into pinworms and if there are natural ways to kill these gross, butt-residing parasites DEAD. Found your site, went and bought some DE and the results were almost instantaneous. She slept through the night last night and her “down there” area is back to normal. THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this info!

    • Angela says:

      I am SO happy to hear this!! I am sorry that you had to go through this experience, of course, but so glad you were able to provide your daughter relief. :)

  32. Alice says:

    I am currently in Estonia, does anyone know how to get DE or any other natural remedy other than garlic in Estonia? and how long it takes for the contagion to stop?

  33. Melanie says:

    Hi Angela!! Thank so much for sharing your experience!! I think pinworms would be a lot less common if people weren’t so [afraid/ashamed/embarrassed/etc.] to discuss this. I know this post is older, but I wanted to pick your brain over my family’s situation. I just discovered that myself and my 5 1/2 have pinworms this morning, we don’t know if my husband has them yet but it’s a pretty good bet he does as well.
    Sorry if this is tmi but I discovered them in my stool, so I Google to see if there were any natural ways to get rid of them (I remember when I was a kid and a sibling had them and we were all dosed with PinX). I came across your site/story and therefore checked my little one, and oh my goodness!! I’m so glad I did!!! It explains some of her gastrointestinal distresses, and weight loss since about 4 months! Her pediatrician and her father and I had tried so many things to figure out what her problem was and just decided to go ahead and start solids to see if it helped. Thank you thank you thank you!!!
    My question is would you steam the mattresses and furniture as well so the heat could kill the eggs?? Also I am waiting to hear back from her pediatrician on how to treat them in her since she’s so small/young. Any suggestions or thoughts??
    Again I truly can’t thank you enough, I never would have thought to check her and I’m almost positive that it’s what’s caused her so much discomfort and grief all this time!

    • Melanie says:

      Ugh, I hate predictive typing!! I have a 5.5 MONTH old, that’s something pretty important it changed, and please ignore all typos/missing words letters, I think the rest is readable lol.

  34. 44 years old & I don’t know where or how – but I’ve got em’! Figured it was a hemroid, but at times had the feeling that there was a worm wiggling around my butt, because I could feel it, and the itch!?! OHHHH THE ITCHING!!! I have not gone to the doctor, I know what it is – I have had a lack of appetite, yet want carbs when I do it – (I am usually a meat & veggies person) – I will be paying a visit to my naturopath very soon! If perscriptions do not work on them, then the naturopath I am sure has something fantastic! I had pylori before, and they were ver effective at getting rid of them! Hopefully they can do the same with these nasty little buggers!!!

  35. Diane says:

    My 6 year old woke up with pain in her vagina . Pinworms were seen. Thanking God for your post and the website you reccommended. She had been asking to eat sugary foods and carbs more lately. We have 7 children still living at home so this will an intense time eradicating these parasites. Thank you for this very helpful post.

  36. polly says:

    Hi, Thanks very much for this. Very helpful! All the kids round our way have them on and off by the way, and we are very good parents – no shame in it!!!
    Does anyone have any good tips for cleaning soft furnishings like sofa arms and big rugs please? I was wondering if there was an essential oil i could put in a spray of some kind of chemical. My youngest is prone to coughs and chestiness, so i’d like to avoid anything too harsh if possible?
    Thanks x

  37. Erin ,mama to three.. says:

    Thank you for posting this!!
    I’ve been researching and would like to add:
    Cloves ( not garlic cloves, but whole or ground cloves ) are the ONLY remedy that KILLS the eggs. DE kills adults , but not eggs.
    Apple cider vinegar ( 1 tbsp with water or honey water/orange juice to make it go down easier ) will alkalize your gut, parasites can’t thrive on an alkalized gut :)
    We are currently using garlic paste on bum at night, washing first thing in am ( showers not baths )
    During day :
    Smoothie with fruit, oj , honey and DE with 1/2 tsp cloves for adult – 1/4 for the kids ( 1.5 yrs, 4 yrs and 6 yrs)
    Apple cider vinegar drink for mom and dad.. Kids are alkalizing by being gluten free/dairy free and limited sugars.. Also decreased meat consumption.
    CLEANING like mad. 4ft height rule for walls too, if they can touch it it gets bleached. ( oxygen bleach powder is very safe )
    We are on day 5 .. No itching but every second night I still see a single worm on our bums ( use a flashlight ) I noticed myself a flurry of activity day 3 and had 4 worms dealt with that eve/night..
    I have hopes things will get cleared up! I’m planning on strictly keeping up with this for two months.. Good luck and love. Erin

  38. Siham says:

    Hi Angela,
    Thank you so much for sharing this. I also wanted to ask you if you actually saw any health benefits in eating DE apart from the worm treatment. All the testimonials I read are usually related to a company that sells it, so I would love to hear an unbiased opinion.

    Thank you,


  39. Plant mama says:

    I have been using DE for my child for5 days now-he can sleet through the night fine. However, there are still a lot of live worms in his stool. I have been laundering and bleaching everything for 5 days. When can I expect this to clear up? I know it only took 3 days for your children, so I’m wondering why it’s not working for my son.

    Thanks for this post, and your time.

  40. LCK says:

    Hi Everyone,

    I am a mother of soon to be 3 children. Recently we went through a pin worms case with my 6 year old. In my very heavily pregnant state it has been absolutely somewhat of a nightmare but through visiting a naturopath and OTC’s I think we have either nipped it or it is much milder.

    The nightmare impossibility is this.
    1 pinworm lays 10,000 – 15,000 eggs,
    then these eggs lay another 10,000-15,000 eggs = over 1 million and so on and so forth.

    The problem is not so much the worms, it is the eggs. Worms can be killed but eggs are the nightmare that keep the cycle going. And it is virtually impossible to be rid of them or to avoid them in daily life.

    SCARY, and there is debate once you get them you have them for life, but if controlled sometimes you won’t notice it or are negligible with symptoms etc.

    The fact is almost every single human being does have some kind of parasite in their body can be good and bad..

    Here is my course of action:
    -For children in usual circumstance night time anal itching is 95% of the time associated with worms. If you are an adult and no one else has anal itching rule out the following:
    -Hirsuteness (both men and women can have hair in and around the anal region that with sweat and heat can aggravate and cause itching)
    -Food intolerances, I.e. gluten
    -sitting in a single spot for a prolonged period of time that is hot and sticky (leather, vinyl seats etc)

    If it is pin worms, as most people on this forum would say go see a Doctor, or do the tape test etc.
    1- Take an OTC as per instructions (Combantrim, Vermox whatever is available in your country).
    2-Take the alternate dose 2-3 weeks later.
    3-Meanwhile there is a debate about crazy cleaning:
    CLEANING PROTOCOL: I think if you have the time and can afford to then between 2.5-4weeks of daily washing bedsheets, undergarments and towels. BUT the problem is the more you handle linens the more you are likely to ingest microscopic eggs. I would be very cautious about over cleaning as it doesn’t always work. (keep reading)
    CONS of cleaning: Vacuuming daily will bring up dust, it is almost better to leave it as is or do it every alternate day. Cleaning sheets you either have to be very slow and gentle removing them or really there will be no point. Moving the laundry basket to the washing machine again handling it and breathing in particles. Not all washing machines are made alike or with hot sanitiize wash, nor are dryers. So again this may or may not work. Some people will furtherrmore iron everything on hot. Laundering daily has also been proven it disseminates eggs so it can make it worse, so rather less frequently the better.. Or stock up on more towels and sheets so you don’t have to wash everyday, just switch to new/clean articcles and do a load every few days. This will give time for the eggs to die off naturally. IDeally in dry conditons they do die off in a couple of days.
    THINGS YOU SHOULD DO: Open bed covers, open all windows and let it naturally air out, don’t tuck sheets in fanatically, your bed needs to breath and less handling of sheets.
    UNDERWEAR PROCEDURE: Wake up (clean with wet wipe discard or shower- never bath), dry bum with paper towels/toilet tissue discard, wear clean underwear. ( apply garlic concotion too). Repeat process in evening before going to bed.. Again best to have many clean pairs of underwear so you don’t have to wash daily.

    -BOYS & MEN- Wear tight underwear, nto boxer shorts.
    -WOMEN – No lacey or thong/g-strings. You should wear solid fabric regular underwear.
    This is to prevent the worms crawling out or eggs being dispersed. You need to contain them the best you can.

    -Depending on where you live, unfortunately cool, clammy, humid climates have higher rates of worm infestations, it is known in the UK up to 50% of people have had or have pin worms. And it is more prevalent in the fall/winter months.
    -Homes that have wall to wall carpet and wallpaper are more likely to have parasitic infestation of many kinds (again bringing the UK reference up as a lot of older homes are covered in these materials). Lots of fabric curtains, frills etc. Newer homes not so much.
    -Having a Washer/dryer in the kitchen is bringing soiled clothes in contact with kitchen surfaces unnecessarily.
    -Lack of sunlight, sunlight kills a lot of parasites. Airing out the home and opening all window coverings does a world of good (hence winter reference is more prevalent due to the inability to open windows and less sunshine).

    -Make a vinegar and water mix (50/50) in spray bottle, also make a tea tree oil mix, water with at least 12-20 drops. Every single day spray everything bedsheets handles, toilet seats and t let it dry naturally. This also eliminates the need to constantly wash. Make enough bottles so you have a pair of each per bathroom or per main area (i.e a set in each bathroom, and kitchen). Open all windows and let furnishings dry naturally. Also spray in laundry baskets when empty. Often people forget wash baskets harbour left over eggs/parasites.

    -For ease of use use baby wipes or equivalent for quick clean ups, spray first with above concoctions and wipe any surfaces. Easy and easy to dispose.

    -Garlic mix, as per most people on this forum have said you can crush garlic (mixer, blender etc) you can even mix with coconut oil) place in small tupperware, (can refridgerate or keep out) refridgeration will last longer, you can also make a big batch and freeze some). Apply daily day & evening around cleaned anus with toielt paper or baby wipe, wear underwear immediately.

    -Probiotic daily, breakfast and supper. (Kids ones usually come in powder form, adults in capsules) Also can take Kefir, or Greek/Balkan plain yogurts. None of that brand name sugary stuff disguised as good but have corn starch, gelatin and other ingredients that go against the whole notion of being a probiotic.. Read labels carefully.

    -Change diet- reduce refined sugars, deep friend foods. Eat lots of greens, peppers, garlic, spices etc. Some cultures are less prone to pinworms unlike North America & the UK due to the very beige diet and lack of balance.

    -No alcohol. Especially beer. It is a form of carbohydrate sugar.

    -Take Black Walnut tincture 3 times a day, can be quite disgusting. DO NOT TAKE DURING PREGNANCY.

    -Cina 5 or 6 3 pellets 3 times a day for 4 days (this is a natural (worm med). THIS YOU CAN TAKE SAFELY WHEN PREGNANT.

    -Garlic whole, supplement or crushed. For children if you use fresh crushed they may need some juice or honey mixed with it, a small spoonful is enough once or twice a day. TAKE WITH CAUTION WHEN PREGNANT, smaller doses or not so late in pregnancy. You don’t want to shock your body.

    Take all these supplements at least 1 month up to 6 months for maintenance.

    (I also like the DE idea, cloves and some other things people have mentioned. in combination couldn’t hurt in combination. Just check if you are pregnant some things you have to be cautious of.)

    Apart from day cares & schools, you can pick them up in air travel, or transit, public washrooms, even homes of people you know. You can pretty much get it absolutely anywhere. You don’t have to have children to get it. You don’t know how clean people are, even in the cleanest of restaurants or hospitals. It is just a part of life and if we all take that as a normality then we will not be so stressed out and with calmness try to at least reduce the severity or occurence of it in our daily lives.

    Try to live as normally as possible, I know some people develop rashes and OCD complexes over cleaning, but truly it is not all necessary and it doesn’t necessarily work all that well. It is most important for self hygiene(hand washing is the big one and changing underwear daily. The rest with obsessive house cleaning is just extra but not necessarily going to eliminate it 100%).

    Anyway I hope this helps alleviate some stress!

    After establishing what it could be

    • karla says:

      LCK thank you and everyone for all the useful information. I’m dealing with this for the 1st time among other things this school year with my 9 y/o daughter. I have 2 boys, 22 and 29 y/o and never had to deal with anything aside from colds and such. This started a few days ago but my daughter has no symptoms, we foud out because we saw them on her stool. I’m sure I have them too because we share toom, bed and restroom. Although my sons have their own room and restroom I’m treating EVERYONE. Thank you thank you and THANK YOU! :)

  41. LCK says:

    Sorry again it’s me.


    – Try to not use chemical disinfectants (they may or may not work) best to do Vinegar/water combo &/or tea tree oil/water combo as about post.

    -CINA 5 or 6 pellets/granules: 3 times a day for 4 days (this is a natural worm killer).

    -Take PROBIOTIC for Maternity or equivalent, some brands can be used for everyone. Take this morning and night.

    – GARLIC: You can eat garlic and spices within your general meals and are OK with taking low doses of garlic supplements. Garlic is a natural blood thinner, so the caution is that when you are heading towards your due date you want to reduce the amount in case you have surgery or are prone to bleed after giving birth a lo, ideally stop it at least 1-2 weeks before. BUT it is OK to have it in food amounts. GARLIC on around the anus has to be diluted as it can shock your body (there is debate about the uterus and contractions). Dilute it with coconut oil, or a very thin film, not thick paste. Maybe do it at night not twice a day.

    -Black Walnut tincture.
    -Large, amounts of garlic.
    -Stay clear of disinfectants and heavy chemicals like bleach etc.


    Feel free to respond.

  42. Jorge Sánchez says:

    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 an hiatal hernia say good bye to it to as a bonus price for your “sugar sacrifice”

    • Angela says:

      I appreciate your feedback Jorge. However, I am certain that my children would not tolerate this method of eliminating pinworms but I am very glad that it worked for you. :)

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  45. bobbie says:

    This is the 3 time my 6 year old has had this.the first two ties we did pin x with lots of cleaning.this time it did not work so to the Dr for looks like she is good but I think I might still have them.the m.I.l gave me de so I am now taking it at night.I’m going to give my.kid it once a week to try and keep it from happening again because I think it is from school.

    • Angela says:

      So sorry you are dealing with this. It is so hard to tackle this when the majority of people do not talk about it. Good luck to you and your child!

  46. Viki says:

    I just had my neighbor call and tell me that her daughter has pinworms. This little girl probably spends more time here at my house playing with my kids than she probably does at her own home. I’m a little freaked out right now. Should I start giving DE as a preventative? Or should I just wait it out and see what happens?

    • Angela says:

      Oh man! If it was me I would clean like crazy and start DE ‘just in case’ – but like I said that is just me. Fingers crossed mama <3 <3

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  49. I tried the DE thing the other day and I got unbelievably sick! I bought the % 100 food grade and researched it for a week, I took a 1/2 tbsp the first day and by noon I kept getting this weird smell/taste in my nose and started shaking uncontrollably, I have never had such a bad headache in my life and was extremely nauseous, the next day the headache was still lingering and I just didn’t feel right. Has anyone had anything close to this happen?

  50. Anne says:

    While I’m devisated to need this information I really appreciate that it’s here. We go to a fairly holistic dr and I was fairly suprised when he said to do pinx. How long did it take for you to now see any critters?

    • Angela says:

      I treated continually for a few months, I wanted to be sure that they were gone!! I still do maintenance with DE, maybe once a week in a smoothie. Good luck to you Anne <3

  51. Anna Beale says:

    Thankyou so much for your honest post, I too have this reoccurring problem with my kids and it’s driving me nuts. Good suggestions! Thanks

  52. Kristin says:

    Grapefruit seed extract and probiotics will help incredibly too. Pin works are the “rice devil”. Ugh. Glad you manged to irradiate them!

  53. robin says:

    My goodness, what a big to-do. Just smear a little plain old vaseline down there before bed. You can clean all you want. They’ll get em anyway. DE is great, too. Vaseline is all you need. You young mothers are so sweet, just wanna give you all a big ol hug.

  54. sumaamb says:

    Hi angela ,
    I just saw that my son ( 5 years ) and myself have pinworms . I have 2 1/2 month old son is always playing with her. I am breast feeding her , though her anus is clean with no worms but she is little cranky at nights and I suspect it to be colic. Could it be pinworms ? What should I do to get her rid of it. Pleeeeaaassssee help

  55. Angela Karr says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I was terrified when I found out there was such a thing as pinworms, and worse yet, we had it!!! We are starting this today and hopefully will eradicate it quickly. I do have a 7 month old, who I think has it as well, not because I have seen worms or weird discharge in his stools or anus, but because he just doesn’t want to eat very much lately. Do you know if it is possible to give DE food grade to infants in their baby food? Thank you again! This put my mind at ease a lot!

  56. Hi I’m am 13.i have pin-worms they were gone for a few weeks but back now from about 6pm it gets really itchy and irritating…..I live in Ireland.i know a local health food shop do u think I should check them out?I might tell my Mom if the worst comes to the worst please help! A.S.A.P

  57. Rebecca says:

    I was diagnosed at ER after giving a urine sample. I was prescribed albenza 200mg. 2 pills asap then 2 pills two weeks later. Its been 5 days since the 2nd dose. Albenza to get rid of 40_70% of skin abrasions. So naturally i am assuming i will still be be 60_30% infected. I read many posts couldnt find one that which albenza was prescribed.

  58. anonymous says:

    One more question….should you take a laxative when they take a pinworm medication like Reeses? I’m taking another dose tomorrow and am scared to take a laxative cause i’ve never done it. I’ve heard it’s not necessary, but some say to do it.

  59. bethany says:

    Hi everyone,
    Well I wasn’t aware this was common and my 7 1\2 month pregnant self found a worm. I have four children and we’ve all taken Reese’s. Also a garlic supplement and probiotics along with cutting sugar out of our diets. We already eat low carb / mainly gluten free, and I have cleaned alllll weekend changing the beds everyday the past three days. I have had bowel movements all day today and saw a ridiculous amount of them in my stool. I have no itching thankfully, but hopefully drilling into my kids heads all day every day to wash their hands along with these other measures will do the trick. After baby I plan on doing a parasite cleanse along with albendazole, and DE every day for three months and then once a week for all of us. I already feel better on day 3… Hopefully I can get them gone before my little one gets here!

  60. I babysit my great granddaughter and have noticed that she is constantly scratching her bottom. Last night, she wanted me to sleep with her and she woke me scratching her diaper. I’m sure she has pinworms and plan to start the DE shakes with her this morning. We have used the food grade DE for years. When my dogs get fleas, it’s the safest way to get rid of them and it’s almost done overnight. We use it on our plants to get rid of aphids and other bugs. It’s easy with a blower to blow the DE onto the plants. When the dogs get fleas, the blower is used inside the house, but use a mask to keep from breathing it, when blowing it. Let it sit overnight and vacuum in the morning. No more fleas. Also works for snails and slugs in the garden.
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  61. Nicole says:

    Hi I’m 12 and I’ve had pinworms for a few months now. I had them when I was 8 and left it untreated, and they went away so I was hoping they would do the same now but they haven’t. I spend many hours on the toilet every day trying to expel them but it doesn’t work. I change my underwear every day and wash with soap and hot water every day but still nothing works. I can’t tell my parents and I can’t access medicine or DE. It would be weird for me to ask for garlic, so now the only option is pumpkin seeds. How many should I take, and is there anything else you could recommend to help me?

    • Angela says:

      I am so sorry that you are going through this. Pinworms are nothing to be ashamed of at all, anyone can get them anywhere and at anytime. Having pinworms does not mean that you did anything wrong at all. I really want to assure you that this is in no way your fault. Is there any way that you can speak to your parents about this? You can try adjusting your diet, cut the sugars out (carbs included). I really think it would be best to speak to your parents, I am sure that they would not want you to be in discomfort.

    • robin says:

      Hay Nicole, can you get ahold of some vaseline? Just dab a little back there every night before bed.
      If you can change your sheets often it can help. But if the adult is unable to go outside and lay it’s eggs it will soon die and there will not be next generation to bother you.
      Please sweetie don’t spend hours on the potty, go outside and get some sunshine!

    • Connie says:

      Dear Nicole,
      I do not know if you have taken care of you pinworms, but as a mom of a 12 year old who just told me a few days ago that she had worms it is nothing to be ashamed of . Your mom would want to know so she could help you. We have been treating our worms with Paragone. You can buy it at the health store. Also we have been using Oregan oil, lavender oil, clove oil and Thieves oil. We will be getting the DE earth soon. And my daughter was very embarrassed about the worms, I am so glad she told me otherwise I could not help her. I pray you are well, but if not I pray you get help from your parents. I am sure they love you and will be right there to help you. May the Lord Jesus protect you and heal you. God bless you. Connie K

  62. Bonni says:

    Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for this post, and I found out recently that Black walnut will kill parasites in the body including pin worms. Hope this helps you precious daughter :)

  63. Diane says:

    I will be praying for the young girls and others that do not believe they should, or could go to their parents. This post has been very helpful, and I am thankful for mothers that are humble enough to share , so that others may find relief and healing. Thanking God the most, because truly He is our Counselor and Great Physician!❤️

    • Angela says:


      We have had to treat for pinworms 3 times, I am happy to report it has been well over a year since I have had to deal with them. I hope that you are able to find relief soon!!

      • Tracy says:

        Thanks for the update Angela! We went through pinworms once a little over a year ago and seem to have it again, not sure if we never got rid of them completely or its a brand new infestation, but we’ll be diligent once again. This article and site have been a great wealth of information for us! Thanks a ton!!

        • Angela says:

          I’m sorry to hear that you are having to deal with them again. We had a re-infestation at one time and I figured it was new. My daughter sucks her thumb so that freaks me out a little bit! The bright side is you will have a really really clean house because of it. 😉

      • Kristine says:

        We recently have discovered that we too have pinworms in our family. We have been using DE for a month now. I am still having symptoms and have not noticed any change since I starting taking it. I just wonder if it is doing anything and when I can expect to start seeing results? I have not been to the doctor for it yet, bought PinX online that did absolutely nothing.

  64. Carrie says:

    Well I read through all the comments but failed to see a couple of things that I was hoping to know.
    1-why Vaseline? Does it smother? Will coconut oil alone not be enough?
    2-In my experience, garlic, especially fresh (I used in an ear treatment), can be/feel hot. Will the garlic cause any irritation? I don’t want to further irritate the area.
    3-was wondering if prune juice or other ‘go’

    • Angela says:

      Hi Carrie! People use the Vaseline so they can’t pass through it, it acts like a barrier as they get stuck in it. I used garlic infused coconut oil but switched to plain coconut oil if her skin was really irritated. When her bottom was really irritated I found that oatmeal baths really helped to soothe her. I certainly recommend adding garlic to your diet and cutting down on the sugars. You could try prune juice to get them to pass but I feel that my further irritate your situation. Good luck to you, I hope that you find relief soon! <3

  65. Christian Marie says:

    I don’t know how to tell my grandmother (I live with her) I have pinworms. Please I’m kinda scared to tell her.

    • Angela says:

      Christian, I am so sorry that you are going through this. You didn’t do anything wrong to get pinworms. I bet she has had an experience with pinworms in her life and I hope that she will be supportive and helpful for you. Pinworms are very very common it is just that most people don’t talk about them. If she acts surprised you can reassure her that pinworms are more common than lice and you can pick them up anywhere. Also, if you live with her you will want her house to go through a deep clean and I bet she can help you with that. Please let me know if you have any further questions. Good luck!

  66. Angela says:

    Carrie, ask away!! I just have to ‘approve’ the first comment that you leave to protect from spammers. You are approved and can comment freely on any of my posts. :)

  67. So glad to have found this site! I’ve recently discovered that I have pinworms. :( After a few nights of torment from the critters I got busy on the web to find answers.
    My issues are…I’ve CFS and Fibromyalgia. I’m constantly exhausted and haven’t the energy to clean like I used to. My house is filthy and my husband doesn’t know how to run a vacuum or mop! 😉 The bedding gets washed washed when I find energy to do so.
    Don’t get me wrong as my husband is the greatest caregiver! He does cook and clean the kitchen. My deep rooted and nagging feeling is that he doesn’t wash his hands….never! Not after using the bathroom or after shopping, etc.It really grosses me out. I have to ask him to wash!! He says he doesn’t have any symptoms of pinworms and I find this highly doubtful as he sleeps with me! We spend a lot of time together as he is retired and I can no longer work. I feel a bit overwhelmed as I’m not sure where to start. I’ve not the energy to clean and do tons of laundry. I have 4 small dogs and 2 birds in the house also. I ordered some DE and garlic oil capsules hoping this will do the trick. How on earth do I clean as I can’t afford someone else to come in and do it. God give me strength.
    Thanks for listening. I hope someone has some good idea’s.

  68. Louise says:

    So glad I found your website. Have never heard of D E. Have been thru a lot; divorce; single mum, emotional teenager issues, unemployment. Just getting into a good zone, and just met a man who is looking like being an important part of my life. I’m 52 and been off men but lonely for years! Now I have the incentive to actually clean the house more thoroughly and take worm treatment, cos I may have had them on and off for years and just coped with clean linen/towels/clothes!

    Can’t tell the new man, we’ve only just met, but it’s going to be hand holding and not bringing him home to my house for a while. Can’t kiss him properly and I so want to! Why didn’t I sort this out before?? Silly, I know, but just thought I’d share!

    Best wishes to you all, and kids, if you can’t tell your parents about pinworms, ask another close adult. But it’s usually your parents who can help you the most, it’s their job, even the yukky stuff… because parents love their kids :)

  69. D says:

    Ugh. They’re baaa-aaaack! Waaah! My son had them about 10 months ago. He’s got them again. :( He bites his fingernails and toenails, so it’s a no-brainer. :( Guess it’s time to get back into hyper mode. I’m going to keep up with DE for preventative maintenance from now on. Thanks for your post.

  70. mama2201 says:

    I have a total dilemma! So i have two children ages 7 and 2. But this didn’t start with them. I have been itchy for 2 months and tried all creams and ointments and parasites and ova stool sample test that came back negative. However the itching continues. Then my roomate began getting itchy in the same area. She also has two kids 1 and 7. We have checked our kids at night and also looked in their stools(two of them are still in diapers) and we found nothing. None of the kids are itchy either and from what i have read we would have gotten it from them. We have cleaned everything and all took reeses pinworm medicine just in case but we are stil itchy. I have begun taking diatomaceous earth for 2 weeks now and i am still itchy. I don’t see how this could be anything else but pinworms but it doesn’t seem to be responding. How long does the de take? I have been taking a tablespoon a day along with carrot juice and pumpkin seeds.

  71. Charley says:

    Regarding the diatomaceous earth and your dog – it’s really best to keep giving it to the dog because it also kills other intestinal worms. Our dogs ingested every day and we never have to use the nasty chemical wormers It’s only serve to poison the dog periodically.

  72. Charley says:

    Sorry that post came out a little on it should say our dogs infest the diatomaceous earth every day – we just mix it up with some other supplements or you can put it and water but make sure they don’t breathe it in make sure to use food grade DE. The Chemical wormers that you get at the veterinary supply only poison the dog as they kill the worms

  73. Erica says:

    For anyone buying the DE buy thr brand with that name only on it. Thats the original company and they uuse stainless steel equipment which means less contaminents. Also for a herbal cleanse and all herbal skin products look at Theres alot of organic herbal goodies on that site. Dont think we stop at just pinworms either, we are exposed to many parasites daily. Its also good to do a colon cleanse first before trying to expel worms cause any constipation helps all parasites stay in the body. Also antibiotic help all parasites eggs to hatch faster, so beware unless u have no choice based on infection. Great health to all. Spread the word wether people want to hear it or not. We need to stop dying from parasites who live happier than us. Alot of diseases are caused from what parasites are doing to us. They eat the calcium of bones, eat protein off nerves, drink blood, eat blood vessels, and too much else, not to mention air borne getting into the lungs, heart, brain, and tissue. They are a good cause for cysts, and can travel to ALL organs via blood. Please educate and stay healthy. The DE seems wonderful for everyday defense. Even heard a woman puts 1/2 tsp, almond milk, and a fructose free chocolate syrup in her babies bottle. And keep in mind when cleansing to steer from dairy, wheat, sugar, and fructose til you have cleansed for atleast 2-3mos to ensure your body isn’t a breeding ground. I recommend all Americans detox, and get rid of all parrasites before its too late for the organs to repair themselves. Good Luck All! Blessings to All!

  74. Erica says:

    Also DE can be made into a toothpaste as well as deodorant. Also you can use it as a body scrub. Supposed to make the teeth whiter :-) Im glad we might finally have a very versatile product and no chemicals or alcohols. Good ol fossilized shells of phytoplanktons, who would’ve known! Makes since though, we came from an aquatic environment after all. Blessings to All.

  75. Joe says:

    Since this stuff is like shards of glass to the parasite, how will it affect hemorrhoids. If it is abrasive wont it slice the hemorrhoid when it is excreted? I want to get rid of these things and want to use the DE but don’t want to shred the roid and bleed out. Thank you,

  76. Joe says:

    Also I have heard that pumpkin seeds, pineapples and walnut extract are good to help rid the nasty worms. Anyone else prove this to be true by experience? Please let me know, thank you in advance.


  77. Jenn says:

    My understanding of DE is that it is sea creature shells ground up extremely fine. Is that right? Well, I am allergic to most sea life. Any other suggestions?

  78. Enette says:

    THANK YOU for this information. It was very helpful. I have never heard of it until my daughter’s pediatrician had diagnosed her with it. I than when into OCD mode and have been disinfecting anything and everything. I don’t feel like the Pinx or pinworm medication helped at all. So I found your information so much more helpful and it gave be HOPE that I can get rid of this problem. Thank you!

    • Angela says:

      I was breastfeeding while I took it originally. I still take it daily and I am currently breastfeeding and it has been totally fine. Good luck mama <3

  79. Yhaniie says:

    Hi. I’m from Philippines. And I think I have pinworms. I wanna try the DE but unfortunately, can’t find any of that at the local store. I wanna try it badly.

  80. Mel says:

    Thank you so much for writing this post! It has helped me to decide to use DE for my family since discovering my almost 2 yo with pinworms. MD told me to use OTC Meds, called herbalist and got OK for DE, garlic and pumpkin seeds. Can I just ask you if you had any reaction to taking that dose of DE from the get go? I read about healing crisis on another website endorsing DE and they say you can start with lower amount and work up to correct dose. Just wondering if that is necessary, if you got dehydrated, kids felt fine, any details etc. Also, how do you know the worms are all gone? Did you see them in stool after dosing starts, because I have with my son, who is still in diapers. Will you stop seeing them in stool and know it is cleared up? Lastly, you said you cleaned all bedding each day for the first week, there after how often would you recommend to clean bedding, towels etc. When did you get more relaxed about towel washing? Thanks again for a lifesaving post!

  81. Thank you so much for sharing! After a lovely vacation in Santa Marta, Colombia where I had ceviche on the beach more than once a day, well, let’s just say your advice couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

  82. Jo says:

    Hi there! Thank you for sharing! I’ve placed an order. I know your original post was made quite some time ago, but I’m wondering if you still use to this day? Has you family ever had a reaccurance with pinworms?

    • Angela says:

      We still take it daily! We had a two reaccurances in the first year but have been pinworm free for a very long time, phew! My daughter is a thumb sucker and I think that was the cause of our mulitple experiences with pinworms. Good luck to you!

  83. Larry says:

    Got the little buggers in March 2015 – I did 2 rounds of PinX – useless. Now it is late August 2015 and I still have some activity. Restricted diet has helped somewhat but I am looking to end this infestation.

    I have had at least 10 different medical tests by the Veteran’s Admin. (VA) that all came back negative. These tests included blood work at the lab, simple tape on anus tests, fecal samples, comprehensive stool analysis and more.

    My local doctor finally gave up and sent me to San Francisco VA hospital to a G.I. doctor (gastrointestinal) who did one simple tape on the anus test which had been done 3-4 times by my local VA clinic doctor. results ? – all negative. His conclusion? Might be anal leakage or gas!! Case closed! Outrageous!

    The VA finally closed the case and advised me to go to a non-VA medical facility for further treatment which I did.

    I explained in detail to the Family Medicine doctor @ Kaiser Clinic who ordered more blood work AND fecal samples for ova testing. Again – all negative. These doctors require physical evidence and when they do not get it they say it may be gas or anal leakage or whatever and close the case – quite MADDENING!!

    I stopped all sugar intake (miss it too!), daily I drink 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in glass of water; eat some Greek (Probiotic) yogurt daily. Lots of acidic food and drink and recently started eating dried pineapple (unsweetened and non sulfured – so cannot report on results on the pineapple).

    From hours of research I still cannot find a doctor who specializes in threadworm infestation and even if I did since all testing comes back negative what would he/she do anyway? From research I see many people have similar stories about tests, doctors and medications being inadequate.

    Like many I have gone through emotional and psychological ups and downs since March. One worries about being with other people or having visitors in one’s home and using public rest rooms and possibly leaving eggs behind. I am 70 years old and to think I may have these for the rest of my days is very difficult to accept.

    I would like to add some information I found on another site from a woman whose G.P. told her these are almost impossible to get rid of permanently. Whether true or not I cannot say but I will say that reading her post helped me to the depths of depression for about 10 days! I finally accepted it and will continue to pursue solutions.

    Some good information was in her post though;

    1.The G.P. (General Practitioner) made a strong point that you DO NOT want to inhibit the females from coming out and laying eggs! (note: no males come out – only females exit the anus) as you may force a retro-infection – read on.

    2. The doctor said specifically DO NOT PUT ANYTHING on or around the anus that might make the female lay her eggs INSIDE you where they will die and rot in your small intestine.

    The female must lay her eggs and will do so normally externally to cool the eggs for up to 2 hours so they can progress to larva. If she cannot come out and lay her eggs she may move inward back towards the small intestine and lay them there instead.

    One poster said she put perfume in her undies to deter the female from coming out. Well I did put cologne in the back of my briefs after showering for about 2 weeks and yes, it did inhibit females coming out BUT as soon as I read that post I stopped immediately – wow, I had multiple females crawling about my undies for 3 days until I finally got the population controls working again!!

    When the female cannot lay externally she goes deeper inside to lay the eggs. This is called RETRO-INFECTION as she heads back up into the small intestine and lays her eggs there. Most of the eggs die there and decompose leaving the possibility of cysts forming in the small intestine and potentially causing other serious problems.

    Versus “RE-INFECTION” which is when you inhale ova through nose or mouth and they travel through the digestive tract to the small intestine, gestate into larva and move to the large intestine to grow and copulate and so it goes…

    Note: some retro-infection does occur anyway.

    Be sure to not ‘fan’ the covers while getting in/out of bed or making it up once arisen and DO wear snug underwear to help contain the eggs or ovum. I wear a mask or bandana when changing linens or cleaning as well as using the toilet (BM).

    Do shower, not bath, early in your day to help remove the eggs that were left over night. Bathing puts one more at risk for re-infection than showering.

    As for excessive laundry and cleaning – some say you do not need to change bed linens more than once a week.

    However do change underwear daily. I carefully put my briefs on top on another article of clothing and fold that over the briefs to cover them just before showering. After shower and getting dressed I take the old briefs out to the washer and leave them each day for 2-3 days then do a small load that includes towels, washcloths, bath mat (every week or so).

    I certainly do not mean to sound like a know-it-all – Angela’s posts are very helpful and I only submit my two cents worth to further the conversation.

    I am still infested but find that diet changes seem to help with population control. Something else not often mentioned is seeing an ‘oil slick’ in the toilet water after a BM or flatulence. With a strong light I can also see thousands of specks in the oily substance – I surmise these are the ova or eggs that no test can seem to detect. If I can see them why are they not seen under a microscope? So FRUSTRATING!

    I am flabbergasted that the US does not seem to address this common pestilence with reliable testing and especially with reliable and effective medication.

    Albendazole carries a risk of liver damage and is considered a restricted medication. No doctor would prescribe it for me without proof positive of infestation by pinworms!

    Also, if you have to buy it retail you may have heart palpitations when I tell you that it requires 2 does of 2 tablets each time. The COST for Albendazole tablets? Four tablets retail @ $585.00 @ CVS drug stores; $487 @ Costco AND GET THIS – People report that it isn’t 100% effective!!

    Finally it would great if more people who tried DE or other solutions report back on the results. One person above did report some bad side effects but no one acknowledged or replied to that post. We need to hear from people on whether DE did eliminate the infestation or not AND if they had any difficulties using it.

    Thank you one and all for your honest posts on this obnoxious problem.

    I really feel bad for the pregnant women or those with children under 5 who are dealing with this.

    Just mentioned that in the UK sells anti parasite kits as well as bowel cleansing. I have not used their products but did read on poster who laid out his whole solution and has said he has been pest-free for 2 months. I only mention this because of the lack of good sites addressing this issue. BUYER BEWARE – do your own research before buying or using any products.

    Good luck one and all.

  84. Hi! I am wondering how meticulous you cleaned? Our 2 year old has pinworms it seems and we are cleaning this weekend. I am thinking, gosh do I pull all dishes out of cabinets and rewash them? Do I pull all clothing out of drawers and closets and rewash them? Do I wipe down walls and EVERY THING in our home? That could take a week! Ahhhhhh! I have 4 kids and while sanitizing one area, they walk in from unsanitized areas and touch things and then I think, now I have to start all over. No family here to take them out of the house. So looking for some reasonable guidance. Yes, we are washing bedding daily and towels after one use, showering in the mornings, trimming nails, eating wormwood tincture and DE daily and probitotics, cutting down on sugar and carbs. It’s the initial household cleaning that daunts me. Thanks!

    • Angela says:

      I am sorry you are going through this. I did not clean out the dishes but I did rewash all of the towels, underwear, bedding, couch covers, and pillows in hot. I did wash down all of the toys and anything that naked bottoms had touched. No baths or showers together and clean the tub or shower after every use. It may take a while but you will get them gone. We had a reinfestation, my daughter is a thumb sucker so that really worked against me. I totally understand the pain that the cleaning is, honestly my home had never been so clean and hasn’t been as clean since! I wish you all of the best and hope you get them gone soon.

  85. Meg says:

    Hi there – I have a few questions about DE – we were recently diagnosed with pinworms (well I was) and my 15 month old son I am suspicious he has them too (hubby seems fine so far). I tried natural and 2 doses of meds (combantrin) with no success – DE was recommend to me by a friend. I started us all on it and my naturopath said I should not give it to my 15month old. I don’t want to give him the meds (absolutly not until confirmed by stool sample) but just not keen on the idea anyway. Just wondering if you know what age is the start age to use DE?
    I have read some ppl sprinkle it in diaper? Would this really help? Can you put it right on babies bum?
    Also I sprinkled some on my mattress pad cover but am not afraid to put my fitted sheet on in case it goes in the air – aghhhh…
    Tia so much for your time

    • Angela says:

      I am not a doctor but I used DE on my little ones, just smaller doses. I did sprinkle DE in her diaper and everyone’s undies and on the bedding as well. Speaking of sheets you want to make sure to gently remove them when you take them off to be washed so that the pinworm eggs don’t go flying around the room (gross, I know). Good luck to you & let me know if you have any more questions!

  86. Meg says:

    Also after the initial cleaning of EVERYTHING how often should you do floors with bleach? I am currently doing them daily – on top of all the laundry I am finding it exhausting – but will continue if this is what I need to do…I also wipe down the whole bathroom with bleach daily…what is truly necessary? What is best thing to wipe door knobs and light switches? (currently using bleach and I think it is getting to me – let along my 15 month old :(

    • Angela says:

      I am so sorry that you are dealing with this! I admit that I too used bleach. I also used a bunch of vinegar & water after the first week’s initial cleaning. It is very exhausting keeping up on the cleaning. The bedding I washed after nearly every use for the first few weeks. We didn’t re-use towels for a very long time and I still wash them in hot to this day. We use family cloth and I stopped that for about a month when I discovered we had pinworms. Once you clean and start treating with DE you should be able to relax in about a week. I always kicked it back up at the 2 week mark because that is when they can come back. Please let me know if you have any further questions, good luck to you!

  87. My 9yr old daughter had been telling me for a week she had worms in her poop. At first I laughed and told her she was seeing things. She was correct. I took her to local ER and they prescribed Mebendazole. This medication is no longer available throughout the US so the ER changed to another medication. My daughters insurance does not cover it and it is HIGHLY expensive so seeing this article makes me feel much better. Thank you
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    • Angela says:

      Good luck to you Tauna! They tried to prescribe that to a friend of mine as well but they found out from the pharmacy that they no longer carry it in the US. I hope you all feel better soon <3

  88. I am a country girl. We treated for pinworms twice a year. MOM purchased a liquid medication from the country doctor. We were informed by the DOC that it is imperative for the entire family and house pets to be treated. Otherwise, it is a waste of time.
    Meantime, I had discovered the DE which we use everyday and a wonderful natural and chemical free soap which kills all ‘critters.’ It is not a soap, but we call it soap because it cleans anything and the green colored product makes suds. I/we use it for all cleaning and personal products. We bathe with it; shampoo; brush teethe; launder; dish washer; auto; you get the idea. I do not have a network interest in this product. Just like to help people, as I am an “energy nutritionist” and a nutrition counselor; NC. for best prices and service. Protects us from harsh cleaners, IE, bleach, ammonia, aluminum, and etc.
    {I am MCS {multiple chemical sensitive, and miracle II gave my functional life back}}

  89. Thanks for this blog. just wanted to share while doing a cleanse I bought some DE and was told the food grade needed to be CHARGED with water for several hours or overnight, not sure why… but wanted to share this… so I put out a glass of water each night with DE and drink first thing in morning.

  90. I just wanted to share that I was told that the DE needed to be CHARGED in water for several hours or overnight. not sure why I suppose you can google it. I bought some during a cleanse, i sit out a glass of water each night and drink upon awakening.. Thanks for your article

  91. Nicole says:

    Hi Angela,
    Are you still using DE for your family? We all got pinworms, but I am the only one who seems to be having a problem clearing them. So I started taking DE yesterday (1 teaspoon to start), and I want to know, through your research, what put your mind at ease that DE is harmless to ingest? I see a lot of articles about how great it is, but I also know that it’s not approved by the FDA for internal use. I am conflicted about taking it. Do you not worry that it is causing harm to your stomach or intestines? Are there any scientific articles that you’ve come across that convince you that it is safe? There are also a lot of people out there that are skeptical about the safety of DE. It’s very hard to understand why something that cuts up parasites wouldn’t cut up our insides as well.

    I’d love to get your opinion on this and find out if you found some good research on the subject that I am unable to find. Thanks so much.

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