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I have had pinworms since the last July. (The main culprit is bad meat.)
The initial infection was heavy enough to realize I had pinworms, and I was treated with medication. The next day, they were gone and I was ready to forget about the whole thing. I took the second dosage (even the third and the fourth just to be safe) but after a month or so, they came back. I was treated with different medications several times, but nothing worked.

Now the thing is, I have never felt anything like the itchiness of the initial infection. But I do get this tiny, tingly feeling down there, like a worm just moved. And I know it's not caused by a rash. It's a very unique, particular feeling, like something wet just slided. I read there are other people who are experiencing exactly the same thing: tingly sensation around the anus, some of the symptoms but no itching.

For the last six months I have felt the same thing over and over again. It continues on, subsides for a few days -probably due to my multiple attacks-, 2-3 days at least, 1 week the most, but right when I start rejoicing and celebrating, it starts again. What is the reason for this? Why don't I get intense itching if I keep reinfecting myself? - there were periods where I did nothing to fight them, and the infection did not intensify- I really need an explanation.

I eat everything I should during a pinworm infection (pumpkin seeds, garlic -there is not a day I don't eat at least 8 cloves of garlic-, spices -I never cook anything without adding my fav. spices, one of which is curry-, carrots). I became a hygiene freak, I wear masks and gloves in the toilet, and wash my hands with disinfectant, but they simply won't leave me.

I also have some of the symptoms like that weird mouth odour I had during the first infection, mouth problems, stomach pain, and weight loss. But none of these are intense enough to convince my parents I still have them.

I will have the scotch tape test done soon. But meanwhile, I'm searching for herbal treatments. I hear Clarkia is really good. Anyone ever used that and got good results? I have put all my hope in that product.

This is supposed to be a child disease. It's supposed to be treated with two dosage of any anti-pinworm meds out there. I don't understand it, and it's driving me mad. I'm absolutely horrified at the notion of being one of those people who say "I've had them for the last 30 years!". Please help.
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replied January 15th, 2010
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First, do you have any pets or siblings, etc? Any source of fecal contamination? A place or vehicle you frequent that may be reintroducing it?

If not, calm down. By driving yourself insane, you are further compromising your immune system. Most, if not all herbal remedies wont work. The term infection is misleading. You have a (fairly evolved) parasitic infestation. The glue-like egg film they create will stick to anything, and travel...

But you're the host- i.e, in control of this relationship. And the couple days you take to realize that won't allow them to overrun you. Take some aspirin or ibuprofen, a cup of tea, and understand that feeding you feeds them. A hospitable environment is what they like.

So tea, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, mineral water, etc. consumed with whole, more difficult to digest foods will make it easier to end this. Chill some on the garlic. Hot peppers, lemon, lime, whole herbs, and yes, seeds, will help.

Pinworms wreak havoc on your digestive tract, so repopulate with some organic dairy like greek yogurt or kefir. But standard milk and cheese are more for them than you right now. You may even want to grab up a 2$ bottle of magnesium citrate solution, and give them a run for your money. On the pricier side, miralax will hasten elimination without discomfort, but you need to balance electrolytes (magnesium, potassium, sodium) while you finish the worms off.

When you're ready, everything you come in contact with while infected MUST be sanitized throughly, or straight-up thrown away. Clothes, bedding, counters, drawers, floors, books, toothbrush, paste, etc... anything you've touched, in any way. This is not about where your a*s has been, but simply where you have been. Use the gloves to apply bleach water or alcohol to all surfaces , wash all the linens in color-safe bleach.

Then take the OTC medication, limit what you touch while the stuff works, and do not touch yourself... I figure you know this. Don't overdo it on hand sanitizer or other antibacterial crazes. The harm your immune system more than the parasite. Just pay attention, be hygienic, let the medication run its course, and then do the wash and wipe down thing again. Limit your simple sugar and fat intake (soda, milk, candy and general junk) for a week or two- eliminate the possibility of new infestation. The aren't magic, neither is getting rid of them.

I really hope this helps and pinworms have not gained a new freakish resistance... Probably not.
Please let us know how it goes.
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replied May 2nd, 2010
Oooooh, yeah. .....Looks like I'm not alone.

BlahBlah88 you make me laugh with your so-familiar symptoms and treatment. We must be twins! I have read my share of forums and this is the first time someone expressed my problem so succinctly. Thank you. Dealing with these little buggers for 1-1/2 years now, it's been baffling how my body is a perfect pinworm habitat, trying every remedy known to mankind + diligent hygiene, going as far as you have, where at one point I was waking up in the morning and immediately ingesting pumpkin seeds so that the drowsy detached worms could expel with my morning evacuation. Oh yeah it's been fun. Good times. Still to this day, that little sliding sensation in the middle of the night.

Earlier today while looking for information about my gluten intolerance I found information that also has to do with parasites and particularly our friend the worm. LEAKY GUT! Check out Dr. Sandra Cabot's website (or look elsewhere) it makes perfect sense for what I/we (in the case of worms) have been dealing with.

Okay, off to do do yet another load of linen laundry.

PS: You are the inspiration for my first forum post here and now this being it. Thank you for sharing and making me laugh. ...okay, it's not funny! ...but it is.
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replied February 11th, 2011
I had a pinworm infection that I got from a grandchild, I believe. I read forums and tried Pin-X. It worked for a while and then I was attacked again.
What ended up working was this:
1. Took Pin-x again.
2. Read somewhere that a mixture of Vasoline and a crushed garlic clove mixed together and applied to the anus at bedtime would prevent the pinworms from exiting the rectum. They hate garlic and the vaso is a good binder to keep the garlic in place. Kept the mixture in a small tupperware container in the bedroom and applied every night.
3. Wore briefs at night and changed after washing area in the morning.
4. Keep your dirty clothes separate from everyone elses and wash separately.
5. Wash bedding 2x a week.
6. Eat more fiber as this will move the food through your body quickly and flush out the pinworms with each bowel movement. I have noticed when having a steak or other meat it sometimes takes 2-3 days to have a bowel movement. That must make the pinworms very happy.
7. If they come back start over. The eggs take time to hatch and some of the craftier pinworms hide in dark places.
I had the pinworms over a year ago and the prob is gone. Sorry I didn't write sooner.
Hope this helps someone.
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replied April 10th, 2011
when i was a child, i suffered from pinworms for an extented period of time (years) and did not tell anyone or seek treatment because i was scared, embarrased, did'nt know whether or not it was normal, etc. i had severe discomfort at bedtime, showed all symptoms... had a constant urge to pick and itch my butt and would see them in feces, catch them crawling out, etc. im not exactly sure quite how long this lasted, and remember that eventually they became less and less frequent but would come back from time to time but eventually completely went away. i am 21 years old now and havent had symptoms whatsoever for an estimated 10 years or so now. i was concerned when i read on several sites that it is impossible to get rid of them on your own. can you still carry them for that many years without showing symptoms? how could my body eventually get rid of them on its own? if they ever came back or i ever got them again, i would most certainly see a doctor to get treatment, but do i still need to be concerned that they were left untreated?
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replied June 4th, 2011
I have suffered from pinworm for 25 years now and am now 50. I tried all possible tablets and kept all clean instructions. Luckily have not passed it to anyone else. I would be grateful if anyone know the answer to this missery please. What can I do to get rid of it.
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replied August 30th, 2011
pin worms relief
Apply vicks vapor rub very lightly around the itchy area of your anus especially at night and maybe once during the day. Test your skin's sensitivy to the product first.
Be aware that the vicks may drive them crazy the 1st night.
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replied June 23rd, 2012
Buy food grade DE. Will clear out any intestinal parasites you may have. Good luck
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replied March 1st, 2013
I came in contact with pinworms at a very young age and I took repeated treatment
and yet I still continue to have pinworms and I'm 41 years of age.
I have tried finding the answers online and it's a helpless feeling when I can't understand how I can go about getting rid of the pinworms because it's a nightmare.
I have been seen by a gastroentronologist and I have had the repeated 3 day stool test that is provided to the lab and they review the stool under the miscrocope.
I feel helpless because I would like for someone in the medical field that can provide the answers as to how to go about getting rid of the pinworms.
I have repeatedly taken Vermox 100 mg and I still have the pinworms.
Is there anyone out there that is experiencing what I'm going through?
Is there a medication stronger than Vermox that will permanently get rid of pinworms?
Just when I think that I no longer have them, it starts all over again.
I have no idea as to how I came into contact with pinworms at a very young age and I was treated, but I still continue to have pinworms and I'm 41 years of age.
I can't help but wonder if pinworms remain dormant?
Can someone please help me. Sad
3-1-2013
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replied June 13th, 2013
Clean every surface in your home. The eggs can get everywhere; They can even attach to pet fur. Buy new bedding and undergarments and wash them daily in hot water. Buy a vinyl mattress cover to go under the linens so it can be wiped down easily. Remove carpets from your home. Practice hand hygiene regularly and always before touching any food or your face and mouth. Cut your fingernails very short. Continue to seek medical attention until they are gone!!!!
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replied June 2nd, 2014
I had long term symptoms of threadworm and I'm now completely cured, I think it's important to tell my story for those of you who have had a similar experience to me.

17 years ago I got repeated infection of threadworm through kids stoking my cute dog, and me being very close to my dog.
At first Ovex and pripsen worked well to clear it up, then at some stage it stopped working and no amount of Overdosing on both would work.
When my dog died 3 years ago, I felt I could look forwards to a worm free life by hygene measures, which I became obsessive with, but this failed, and a few years later as I approached my wedding, I did not want to go down the isle with the symptoms which had turned in to what felt like huge and vigorous wriggling things descending from my anus and vagina, and crawling over my buttocks and down my legs, and feelings like the eggs were hatching on my face and other areas, you can imagine what an impact this had on my sex life with my fiance'! I had been to the doctors before and they had done at least 2 poo samples for eggs but found none, and instead said it was down to stress.
I did not believe them, I could not ignore the evidence of my senses, and saying I was stressed offered me no solutions, so I was hell bent on proving I was infested, this is where it gets really gross, I started poo watching and even putting poo samples on a microscope and taking it back to the doctors along with my black knickers to show white flecks on them, evidence I thought of worm debris, I also limited my diet to eating only pineaple, and I started douching myself with garlic enemas, inserting garlic cloves in my anus at night, and so on, and on, and on......sigh!! I have to say, that during all this time I never actually saw any thereadworm evidence, but what I thought might be worms were actually pinaple fibers, it was all horrible and horrible awful, at this stage I had been infected 15 years!
I pestered the doctors so much they sent me to a skin specialist, who then sent my to another specialist in London, now here my story takes an unusual twist, the specialist said that he had come across many cases identical to mine, and there was a simple solution to it, he asked me if I was depressed, and I said what I had been saying all along, that apart from the worms, I was a very happy woman, he talked to me a bit more and decided I wasn't depressed, but prescibed antidepressants! I thought what! He said it might be psychosymatic, and effected more women that men over the age of 40, which I was.

I left him saying I was so desperate I would try anything, I go my antidepressants, took one before bedtime, and that night the worms seemed like 'ghost worms', they were there, but less noticable, the following night they completely vanished! And they stayed vanished! I slept in heavenly peace for the first time in years!

I simply could not belieive my head could play such trick on my body! And I'm not suggesting to anyone that their worms aren't real, especially if there is physical evidence of them, but in my case, my symptoms were real, but the worms, at this stage did not exist! My symptoms were so real, that when I scratched my bottom, the itching would stop, and I concluded I had ruptured the little buggers and killed them, I could also wash them off in the middle of their frenzied activities down there, and it would make it stop, concluding in my mind, that I'd washed them off.

My story does not end here, I had a very happy wedding day, and was so overjoyed to be cured, that I wanted to forget all about it, and so I did, till a month ago, six years after being cured, the little buggers returned, now I was confused!
Were they phantom worms or not! I had no way of telling, still taking my antidepressants ( becaus I get deliciously lovely sleeeps with them : )
I thought even a psychosymatic person might still actually to get worms, well! No one is immune are they! So, I launched back into all my old and depressing habits, determined to eliminate the possibility them actually being real, and finally went back to my GP, ( different guy this time ) he said with rather hurred impatience and nochelance, that I should take some antihisthamine, so I did, and it has stopped again!, over 2 nights!
This time I am convinced it's my mind playing tricks on me again, don't get me wrong, this isn't something like imagination, the symptoms were as real as before, but because this is the 2nd time this has happened, I decided to look up my symptoms, and I was knocked out to read about myself in wikepidia definitions amongst other things. Look up DELUSIONAL PARASITOSIS http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delusional_pa rasitosis
I felt as though they were talking about me exclusively, but I guess there are others out there just like me! Which is why I'm telling my story on this forum, in the hope that one of you may be helped if your experiences are like mine, I felt it was important to tell you, because I am not a doctor, I was a fellow sufferer, and had I been more comprehensively diagnosed early on, it would have saved me years of misery, and I would not have gone down the exhausting challenge of proving I was right, that my worms were real.
This may not be right for you, but if you even suspect that it might be, please approach your doctor in the spirit of eliminating every possibility, and no! I don't like the idea of being delusional, but you can say what you want, as long as I don't have worms, you can call me what you want!

I offer you every sympathy with your condition, and I hope you find your way through it.
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replied January 23rd, 2012
Drastic Measures
I obtained pinworms from a stray cat when I was about 5 years old and didn't end up getting rid of them completely until I was almost 16. Just like many (likely most) people, they kept coming back. I lived with my parents, two sisters, and my grandparents. Luckily, it never spread to anyone else but me. However, this only confused me more as to why they kept coming back. For three years I never slept in unwashed sheets. My room was consistently cleaned and still, they didn't go away. Finally, when I was 8, they went away for about 3 months. My mom and I were relieved. However, they suddenly came back. I was so mortified that I kept it a secret. I did all I could for myself but they never went away. I told no one and finally gave up, assuming it would just be something I had to live with. However, the summer before I turned 16, my parents decided to move. Both of my grandparents had died and my sisters went off to college, so we downsized and bought all new things. The first night I got there, I came clean to my mother about the fact that they never went away. The house wasn't furnished yet and we had basically gotten rid of everything from the other house, so we went and bought medicine (Pin-X, I believe) and I took it. They never came back. These little creatures are so ridiculously thrifty at survival, it literally took throwing away everything I've ever come in contact with to get rid of them. We even threw away the air mattress and sheets/blankets/pillows I slept on the first night after I took the medicine. We weren't taking any chances. As ridiculous and unsafe as it was for me to not tell my mother I still had them (who knows who I could have passed them to?), I'm so glad I told her when we moved. I'd probably still have them if I hadn't. I realize it's not quite possible for people to just throw all of their stuff away and move to get rid of these things, but if there's a chance you could do something like this, I'd take it. Honestly, I can't even think about worms without wanting to vomit. Just writing this is making my stomach churn. These things are survivors and it takes drastic measures to kill them off. If you have the chance to do something drastic, take it!
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replied July 21st, 2014
I have to agree with the other replies...you *may* have contracted the pinworms from a stray cat on the off chance there was an egg attached to its fur. But given the probably number of human contacts you have in a given day it is MUCH more likely you contracted it by shaking a human hand, eating an uncooked salad w/ an egg in it, etc. This is definitely a human-driven-transmitted disease. Can a cat transmit it on fur? Sure...but the odds are you got it from one of your two-legged friends.
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replied May 1st, 2012
pinworms don't come from cats.
you can't get pinworms from cats, FYI.

A common old wives' tale is that humans can get pinworms from cats, but an even taller tale is that cats are carriers of pinworms. Pinworms are a very common human parasitic infection, and children in particular are prone to getting this type of worm. However, the type of pinworms humans acquire cannot live in the feline intestinal tract. So what you identify in your cat as pinworms is another parasite entirely--usually tapeworms.
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replied June 13th, 2013
The eggs can attach to the cats fur and cause re-contamination. It is really important to remember to clean everything including your pets.
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replied May 8th, 2012
persistant pinworms
My daughter (13) contracted pinworms 6 mos. ago. Spread to me (mother) after a bit, and neither one of us has been able to kick it since. We've gone through several rounds of albendazole (makes it worse - the worms freak out!) mebendazole and various herbal treatments. I sterilize sheets several times a week along with all of our underwear. I keep a clean house and have it cleaned by a service every two weeks. I've been eating pumpkin seeds, pinapple, coconut, yogurt, drinking 2tbs of cider vinegar daily, taking diatomaceous earth. Symptoms get better -occasionaly, as in comments above, it seems I'm getting better - for about three days - until syptoms get worse again. Afraid to have sex with my husband lest I pass it to him or my own vagina etc. My doctor thinks I must be crazy since the medicine "should cure it" but doctors seem to know nothing about this. I've take pin-x daily for at least 15 days without success and Reese's pin worm medicine did nothing either. I've tried Dr. Clark's disgusting concoction to no avail. I don't feel that I'm being reinfected by outside sources - I feel strongly that these worms are surviving inside me. Aside from the burning (stinging) feeling around my anus, there is a very specific type of gas which is the most unnerving part of this whole ordeal - it's a squeeky, rumbly intestinal tract, lots of uncomfortable bloating and gas release that is curt. Drives me crazy know the worms are in there creating that! My daughter is enduring the same symptoms and affects her ability to focus in school! We are not dirty people. Don't understant this infection! If the eggs are so sticky, how on earth can they be so easily spread? How could they be "flung" off the sheets when changing the sheets? Doesn't make sense. Our hands are red and raw from washing. No way they're being spread around from our hands! I've been washing my laundry in hot water - 90 minutes for a regular load, hour and a half to sterilze the sheets - done bedding covers many times over. Replacing everything is not an option. What to do?? If there is a doctor out there who cares what people are dealing with when they have pinworms, please find us a solution! This seriously affects our quality of life! I'd like to sleep with my husband again. My daughter would like to have sleepovers again. I need a good night's sleep. It's been too long!
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replied May 9th, 2012
Help with Pinworms
Has your husband been treated? He might have them but be asymptomatic? This time when I got them again I made my husband take the medication and freaked out when he suggested he didn't need to!! So needless to say he took it and I feel I am getting better now (don't want to speak too soon).

One of the suggestions I got off this website was to insert a zinc oxide cream (I use sudocream) into the rectum a couple of times a day and after a bowel movement and also to take a kelp=iodine supplement (I take one tablet three times a day which is the recommended dosage). Keep this up for at least 3 months to stop the cycle and I am going to continue to take the kelp=iodine tablets forever to try and keep them at bay (apparently iodine is a natural disinfectant of the body). Maybe you are iodine deficient and that is why they are thriving was what another e health forum member suggested. I also hit mine with 5 doses of mebendazole on a weekly basis and that seems to have helped. Calm down with the cleaning though you are going to drive yourself insane, I couldn't keep it up because I was exhausted and my husband was about to divorce me!!!

Hope you get it sorted, please let us know how you get on. I feel your pain believe me and the doctor is no help I agree.
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replied September 16th, 2012
If you really truly want to get rid of pinworms there is a cure, but it is not for the faint of heart. I had extremely drug resistant pinworms for about 5 months. None of the drugs I took (prescribed from the doctor) worked. I couldn't take it anymore so I decided to try an old cure I found on another site. Over the duration of two weeks I ate an entire pouch of RedMan chewing tobacco mixed with 3 pouches of Big League Chewing Gum. I rolled the mixture into little aspirin sized pills and ate it until it was all gone. I ate them twice a day usually with meals and no more than 7 or 12 at a time. It took about two weeks to go through. Good luck! It has been about 2 1/2 months and I am still worm free. One last note, I wiped everything I could down with rubbing alcohol for the first few weeks after taking the tobacco (toilet seat, toilet flush handle, light switches, tv remotes, etc.).
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replied December 7th, 2013
BeleagueredMom -- I've had mine now for about 5 months and have tried everything, just like you did. I read about the chewing tobacco remedy also, but have been too chicken to try it, as one person wrote "be prepared for life to get ugly for a while." Yikes!! Did you get very sick from trying this?
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replied December 7th, 2013
BeleagueredMom -- I've had mine now for about 5 months and have tried everything, just like you did. I read about the chewing tobacco remedy also, but have been too chicken to try it, as one person wrote "be prepared for life to get ugly for a while." Yikes!! Did you get very sick from trying this?
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replied October 22nd, 2012
Look up internal fungal infection, sometimes after our bodies become the host to something it sets off an imbalance in yeast and lets the yeast multiply which in turn causes internal fungus. It's semi itchy sometimes symptoms come and go and some include tiny red bumps like eczema, headaches , tired more often, rflushed skin inflammation and alot more.
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replied December 14th, 2012
I have had these worms twice and now I think I might have them again. I want to know if they will go in the end on their own coz I really don't want to tell mom I have them again. It's too embarassing. When she thinks anyone may have worms she checks all of us and it was bad enough when I was a kid but now I don't think I could handle it. But if I don't tell her will they go away in the end and is it dangerous not to take medicine.
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replied December 14th, 2012
I have had these worms twice and now I think I might have them again. I want to know if they will go in the end on their own coz I really don't want to tell mom I have them again. It's too embarassing. When she thinks anyone may have worms she checks all of us and it was bad enough when I was a kid but now I don't think I could handle it. But if I don't tell her will they go away in the end and is it dangerous not to take medicine.
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replied March 8th, 2013
i just recieved treatment a few weeks ago for pin worms.i think it worked but i am having severe abdominal pain, and now i have a vaginal bacterial infection. would these have anything to do with each other?
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replied October 4th, 2013
I got pinworms this summer, and was horrified when the mebendazole didn't work, and I came online to find all of these horror stories of people not being able to get rid of them. Well, here I am, six months later and I haven't felt so much as a single itch for THREE MONTHS. I want to offer you guys some encouragement and share what worked for me.

My doctor gave me two doses of mebendazole and I swear it made them worse. I took 3 tablespoons of D.E. daily for a month, while keeping up with an excessive cleaning routine and it did nothing. Pumpkin seeds worked (I would see them dead in my stool) but I could not get rid of them 100%. I was so miserable, never sleeping, at the point where I would try anything to get rid of them.

What finally did it was this: An herbal anti-helminthic (I used parastonil - wormwood, black walnut, and garlic), washing my bottom every morning and night, and applying clove oil diluted in coconut oil to my bottom. I wash my hands a lot, but not excessively, and sheets every few days. At first, I didn't think the herbal stuff was working... but after two months, the itches started lessening, until I only felt them every once in awhile, and finally they completely went away. I stopped the herbs, and it has been three months without sign of them. I know it hasn't been that long... but crossing my fingers. Wanted to send some encouragement to anyone out there suffering. I know when I was infected at my worst, they were ruining my life. I could barely be in public I was so uncomfortable constantly. There is hope!
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replied April 12th, 2014
This prescription finally worked to remove pinworms permanently
After 4 years of trying everything and only getting a week or two of relief at a time, what finally worked for me was this:

400mg of Albenza 2 times per day for 10 days straight

It's been 6 months now and no sign of them whatsoever. Mebendazole has been removed from the market here in the U.S., probably because it doesn't work anymore due to resistance. I had used Albeza many times before but the usual take one, wait 2 weeks take another one, which did not keep them away. This more intense method above is what finally worked for me.
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replied April 18th, 2014
Do you know if you can buy this online? I live in Canada and it is not available here. would love your help
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replied April 14th, 2014
Has anyone had a low-grade fever with their infections? I spiked a high fever, then lower after antibiotics and Pin-X. Yet, the fevers are back.

Also, I've had a strong body odor I can't get rid of with deodorant. Does that sound familiar?
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replied May 5th, 2014
I have an excellent paediatrician and he has been telling me that my son probably has psychogenic pruritis - I am skeptical so he says look - if you can't see the worms coming out at night - he does not have them - so here I am peering at my sons butt and giving one last vermox treatment - so far no worms spotted but tonight at least when he gets a twinge I am being a supportive mum and having a look with my glasses and torch . I have PTSD and my first son has child hood depression - in part because of the death of a sibling/cousin due to cancer aged three - so its not beyond belief that my youngest son has turned his grief into an itchy bum - worth considering and especially the age bracket given to older folk ( not kids) - I suggest talking to a doctor about the paddle or sticky tape to see if there really are eggs/ worms and if not getting a referral or information on psychogenic pruritis
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replied May 5th, 2014


My excellent Paediatrician ( Best in a country of 180 million Population with lots of worms) suggests if you cannot see the worms coming out at night to lay eggs - they are not there - look into psychogenic pruritis
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