garlic, Lyme bacteria

Q. I read your article on pinworms. As a child I had several episodes with this parasite. Because I was vomiting up the meds that were prescribed my mother called the doctor and he said to put sliced garlic on buttered bread and have me eat the “garlic sandwich.”

That was the end of pinworms. Never had another attack and I still love garlic to this day.

A. Garlic is an old-fashioned remedy for pinworms. We could find no scientific validation for this approach, but others have shared similar stories of success. The medicines (albendazole, mebendazole or pyrantel pamoate) also work quite well.

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  1. Tammy

    If you have intense itching from pin worms, Clove oil mixed with jojoba or coconut oil will burn when applied to the anus, but the itching will stop when the burning goes away…about three minutes of intense burning.

    Every morning I get up and eat 3 cloves of garlic mixed with mashed avocado and tortilla chips. I shower every morning and night. Going back to the doctor for more medicine. Hoping the garlic does the trick. Instead of itching, I do the clove oil swab. Don’t scratch! You will spread it around your hours and keep reinfecting. Prepare food and eat with thin gloves if possible. I learned what worked for me through trial and error. Best of luck to all. Try not to let it overwhelm you. You will get better.

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