Three months ago my husband and I got pinworms (threadworms). We ate a load of pumpkin seeds. His worms left and never came back, whereas I have been suffering, on and off, ever since.
This suggests to me that my trouble is caused, not by lack of hygiene, but by my diet and personality.
I eat very healthily, no sugar at all. However, because of a kidney problem I didn't have raw fruit or veg since January, I can only eat tomatoes raw. I eat lots of garlic, onions and spices, veg in general.
Two days ago I went to my acupuncturist who said basically: too sweet food (we eat from our garden and I had subsisted mainly on lots of french beans, pumpkin and roots); and: knotted chi.
Now, the things he did and gave me, work relatively slowly. In the meanwhile I have had grated raw carrots, no more pumpkin, bitter veg, pumpkin seeds, water with cider vinegar etc.
However, the itching has, if anything, got worse.
Do these things get worse before they get better? Am I too impatient? It has only been two days since I changed my ways, but I can't sleep and I'm fed up.
Or do I need an enema/colonic irrigation as he also suggested? I am not keen ……
Once you have threadworm it is practically impossible to get rid of them! Have you spoken to your GP about it? There is a med that you can take to help kill off the current infestation, but it may be that the female will have already deposited many thousands of eggs further up the digestive tract.
I was plagued with this when I was a child in the 50's - the whole family had to be treated. Meticulous hand hygiene was insisted upon by our family doctor, along with daily washing of my bottom and then the boiling of the flannel used!!!
I remember it being very itchy. I had to wear white cotton mittens to stop myself scratching.
Do not do an enema. It will not work.
Glad to hear about the enema but otherwise - did all that work?
I've just been chatting on facebook to a friend who was treated last year - she sent me this link She took piperazine, as did her partner and their 3 older children. She suspects that the 10 year old is still infested!
Thanks Jabba, a useful common sense link.
Though I am convinced that what you eat comes into it. Parasites like that love sweet stuff. See for instance
I agree with most of the advice on that site with the exception of raisins - I would avoid them like the plague.
Strange, the raisins being in there. They are sweet after all. No, don't worry, no raisins for me.
I do believe in a healthy diet myself as i am a vedgetarian. However there are things a visit to the GP may be needed.
The worms can live outside of the body for upto 2weeks so if it was me i would go to the Doctors.
You are not alone in this! However, I believe that 'medicine' as in chemical concoctions, do your body more harm than good in the long run.
I might have them I'm not sure. I've seem some signs over the years.
Is there a good way to diagnose them?