Recently, while perusing the internet, we came upon some pretty bad advice for how to treat a pinworm infection. Rather than recommending consulting a doctor, or following basic sanitation techniques, the recommendation they gave? Chew a clove of garlic.
WHAT DO WE HAVE AGAINST GARLIC?
Absolutely nothing! Garlic is great and you should season your food with it. Whole cloves, minced, powdered, however you enjoy your garlic, we’re not here to tell you how to live.
We just think you shouldn’t have to suffer through an elongated pinworm infection because you got some bad advice.
WELL, HOW DO YOU KNOW IT DOESN’T WORK?
Healthline handled this topic concisely when discussing the use of home remedies to treat pinworm infections.
“Although remedies to treat pinworms exist, they aren’t a recommended first-line treatment. Support for the use of these home remedies is primarily anecdotal. This means that scientific data doesn’t support the use of home remedies for pinworms.”
WHAT DOES THE SCIENTIFIC DATA SUPPORT?
Available over-the-counter since 1986, Reese’s Pinworm Medicine contains Pyrantel Pamoate – the only OTC anthelmintic approved by the FDA. A budget friendly alternative to expensive prescriptions, Pyrantel Pamoate works by paralyzing the pinworms so your body can remove them naturally.
When pinworm rears its tiny head in your life make sure you’re getting the best information so you can make the right choice for you and your family. Consult our FAQ page on our website for answers to the most commonly asked pinworm questions!