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Garlic Paste for Pinworms

Allium sativum

Pinworms live in the intestines, and are the most common parasitic worm in humans. Infections typically occur when a person touches bedding, food, or other items infected with eggs, and then puts their fingers in their mouths. Symptoms mainly include intense, persistent itching around the anus, especially at night, and irritation and discomfort from scratching the affected area.

Garlic Paste to Eliminate Pinworms


  • Grind or mash garlic to make a paste. Mix a small amount (about half a pinch) of garlic paste with a dollop of Vaseline and apply to the anus before bed.

Why It Works

Garlic is toxic to pinworms, and the Vaseline will suffocate the worms when they emerge from the anus to lay eggs. Eliminating the eggs is crucial to breaking the life cycle of the worms and preventing re-infection. The Vaseline will also soothe the itch and irritation.


Pinworm infections may require an anti-parasite medication. Please contact your healthcare provider if symptoms persist. Be sure to wash all bed linens, underwear, and pajamas often to prevent re-infection, as these are common places for eggs to remain.

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