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How to Treat Pinworms: Your Most Common Questions Answered

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I wrote a post on how to treat pinworms a few months ago and have had so many comments and questions that I thought I’d answer some of the most common here. You’ll still need to read the older post. This just adds to it. Here, I’ll address embarrassment, complications, vaginal pinworms, and why the pinworms can keep coming back. […]

By | March 14th, 2013|Infectious Disease|183 Comments

How to Stop Excessive Gas: 5 Steps

Gas, flatulence, farting … whatever you call it, you don’t want it! Here are five stops to stop gas before it ever starts—including what foods to avoid. […]

10 Home Treatments for Cold Sores

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Okay, maybe a cold sore, also called a fever blister, isn’t the worst thing you can have when you can’t get to a doctor, but it can be downright irritating. And I’ve seen my share of cold sores that had become bad enough to affect proper eating and increase the risk of dehydration. Also, if a secondary infection develops, it could turn into something potentially dangerous. So, in this post I’ll delve a little into prevention and home treatments for cold sores—and what makes some of us prone to get them while other people never do. […]

By | February 21st, 2013|Infectious Disease, Skin|127 Comments

Severe Constipation and a Slow-Transit Colon: In Plain English

[Editor’s note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It’s now featured here as part of our new general-health section.] by Patricia Raymond, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.G. Q. Do you have a solution for a slow, lazy colon? Can your colon actually quit? A doctor told me it could and they would take it out and replace it with a bag! How scary. I’d never heard that and wondered if it is true. — Sharon, Missouri […]

A Smelly Remedy for a Yucky Problem

Garlic is an age-old home remedy for pinworms. Studies on its effectiveness are scarce, but it’s worth a try. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Warning: Gross-out level 8/10. Someone on the Homestead Survival Facebook page asked me, if there’s no way to get to a doctor, how does a person get rid of pinworms? Good question. There are plenty of home remedies, but there’s little objective proof they work. Garlic for Pinworms: Worth a Try(?) Using garlic is an age-old remedy for pinworms. We know it kills the worms and eggs through direct contact in a lab, but that’s different than going through the digestive system. The only study I could find using the stuff in a person showed a seven percent cure rate. Even the authors were surprised and suggested further study, but I found none. I suspect some reasons for the lack of studies are: (1) There are good pharmaceutical cures, such as prescription mebendazole and over-the-counter pyrantel (not to be taken if pregnant). (2) No one’s going to pay for a study using garlic. (Is there a Garlic Association?) (3) A pinworm infestation is not considered life-threatening. But I hear it can make your butthole itch like crazy. They like to come out at night, so that can certainly mess with your sleep. Two Steps to Killing Pinworms at Home So, what do you do if you can’t get the medicine? I’ve done a little research, and here are some suggestions for getting rid of those nasty creepy crawlies. […]

By | April 17th, 2012|Critters, Infectious Disease|438 Comments