An internal parasite that can live in your body for years without symptoms, pinworms can measure up to 1/2 inch in length. Various home remedies exist that claim to rid your body of the worms. Vinegar is one of these remedies. Vinegar will not kill the pinworms; however, it can help rid your body of the parasitic worm. A prescription from a licensed physician for anti-parasite medication is still required to kill the pinworms.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the pinworm is the most common form of internal worm infestation in the United States. A pinworm infestation can occur when you ingest microscopic pinworm eggs. The female pinworms will lay her eggs around the folds of your anus while you are sleeping. This can cause irritation and when you scratch the area, the eggs transfer to your fingers and hands, which will then transfer to other surfaces. If another person touches that surface, the eggs will attach themselves to that persons hands and -- if they touch their mouth -- the eggs will gain entry into the new host's body. Pinworms are most common in children.
A diet high in sugar and carbohydrates will make the parasitic infection worse. Parasites thrive on sugars. If possible, reduce the amount of sugars and carbohydrates you consume. Furthermore, incorporate apple cider vinegar to your daily routine. By adding 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar to 1 glass of water, and drinking the concoction once a day, you will lower your pH level and create an unpleasant environment for the pinworms to live.
The best defense against parasitic worms is to take the necessary precautions. To prevent pinworms from spreading, wash the anal area -- where the pinworms lay their eggs at night -- with warm, soapy water every morning. Launder your bedding in the hottest water temperature allowed for that specific fabric. The hot water will help kill the pinworm eggs. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm, soapy water after touching your anal area and before eating.
Always consult your primary care physician before beginning any home remedy treatment. To completely rid your body of the parasite, your doctor must prescribe you -- and possibly other members of your household -- an anti-parasite medication. Even though vinegar can help rid your body of pinworms, it will not kill the parasite. When dealing with pinworms, refrain from scratching your anal area. This can cause the worms to spread as well as inflame your skin.
Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.