How to Identify and Treat Parasites in Humans: A Concise Guide

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Many different types of parasites can affect us in the aftermath of a man-made or natural disaster. For example, if we have a scenario of a large-scale disaster or the grid goes down, we will encounter yucky things that we usually wouldn’t, including parasites in humans.

image: gloved hand holding parasite in petrie dish; parasites in humans

Crowded living conditions, shared clothing or personal items, and poor hand hygiene is a recipe for trouble that makes me want to stay home and not be forced (by necessity) to live in a FEMA camp. Most of these parasites are widespread and highly communicable, even without a disaster. So having some medical preps to deal with them is just being smart.

In this article, I’ll tell you what the CDC and medical professionals recommend for treating various parasites. I’ll also share some alternatives if you don’t have access to (or want to use) those treatments.

Please remember that alternative medicine is still medicine and use it with care, especially if you are already taking other medications.

The two basic types of common parasites we may encounter are internal and external.

Common Internal Parasites: Their symptoms and treatment suggestions


Symptoms: Vague abdominal pain, weight loss, distended abdomen, or vomiting. While larvae migrate through the lungs, there may be fever, cough, wheezing, sub-sternal discomfort, and breathing difficulty.

Roundworms are found in soil, get on your hands, and can be ingested. They’re also found in food contaminated with human waste. Children are more likely to get these. Cover sandboxes when not in use and have your kids tell you if they see anything weird in their poop.

Treatment: Maintain good personal hygiene. Wash hands frequently and with good technique. Trim and clean nails. Use safe drinking water, sanitize it first if you must, and be sure to wash fruits and veggies in potable water. Avoid raw vegetables that you aren’t certain have been well-cleaned. Cooked food is safe.

Medications recommended by the CDC: Corticosteroids, Albendazole, & Mebendazole.


Symptoms: Initial rash at the site of infection, coughing, diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramps, fatigue, pale skin, shortness of breath (SOB), anemia, and nausea.

Because it is in the soil, walking barefoot in contaminated soil allows it to enter through the skin. It is spread where infected human feces is used as fertilizer. It enters the bloodstream, then the lungs, where it’s coughed up into the mouth, swallowed, and sent to the GI tract.

Treatment: Medications recommended by the CDC are Anthelmintic meds such as Albendazole & Mebendazole.


Symptoms: Can be asymptomatic or itching around the rectum (worse at night); severe scratching can result in a secondary infection. It may be seen with the naked eye a few hours after bedtime by shining a light or pressing a wide piece of tape against the site.  Upon examination, they look like fine threads, less than an inch long.

Pinworm is spread from human to human in crowded living conditions. Animals do not carry pinworms.

Treatment: Good handwashing and launder all bedding, clothing, and toys every other day for three weeks. Medications recommended by the CDC are Albendazole (Albenza), Mebendazole (Vermox), and Pyrantel Pamoate. A single tab kills the worms. A second dose is required a few weeks later to kill any newly hatched eggs.


Symptoms: Sometimes asymptomatic, but may include nausea, weakness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, worm segments in a bowel movement, hunger or loss of appetite, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

WebMD states: “Tapeworms are flat, segmented worms that live in animals that have become infected while grazing or drinking contaminated water. Eating undercooked meat is the MAIN cause of infection in humans.”

Six major types of tapeworms come from beef, pork, and fish. The larvae live in the muscles of their host, and infection occurs when you ingest raw or undercooked meat. For example, you can get pork tapeworms from an infected PERSON who prepares food with dirty hands. Usually, tapeworms aren’t life-threatening, but on rare occasions may be.

Treatment: A blood test can identify the particular worm by the antibodies you produce. The type and length of treatment depend on the type of worm. The most common med prescribed is praziquantel (Biltricide). In addition, a stool sample is checked at one and three months for signs of eggs or worms.

The CDC recommends avoiding raw or undercooked meat, not just in an emergency.

Cook whole cuts of meat to at least 145 degrees and poultry to at least 165 degrees. Allow it to “rest” for 3 minutes before carving. Ground meat and wild game should be cooked to at least 160 degrees. The University of Minnesota Extension office recommends freezing meat to -4 degrees for four days to kill eggs.

TIP: A meat/candy thermometer might be a good addition to your preps since it’s impossible, otherwise, to know for certain the temperature of cooked food and heated water.

Cook fruits and vegetables or wash raw produce thoroughly. (I think an apple cider vinegar wash for several minutes would work well.)

Trichinellosis (Trichinosis)

Symptoms: According to, symptoms begin with abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and nausea. A few days later, muscle ache begins, along with itching, fever, and chills. Two to eight weeks after ingestion, joint pain develops. There may be “splinter-like” hemorrhages under the fingernails. Eye inflammation occurs, too.

Trichinosis is a worm picked up by eating raw or undercooked pork from an infected animal. This parasite can pass through the intestinal wall and lodge in muscle tissue.

Treatment: Generally not needed, as most people recover without problems. Thiabendazole, Albendazole, Mebendazole, and Prednisone will be prescribed with more severe symptoms.

Giardia intestinalis

Symptoms: Bloating, bad breath and gas, dehydration, diarrhea, greasy floating stools, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, stomachache, weakness, and weight loss.

Giardia is a protozoan released by an infected person in a bowel movement. The feces contaminate food, water, or surfaces. You get infected by ingesting the microscopic cysts. They thrive in the small intestine, where they feed and multiply. Many animals can be infected, too: birds, cows, sheep, deer, dogs, and cats.

Treatment: The CDC recommends taking antimicrobial drugs such as Metronidazole, nitazoxanide (for kids), tinidazole, nitazoxanide, paromomycin, quinacrine, & furazolidone.

Common External Parasites in Humans


Symptoms: Intense itching, especially at night, and a pimple-like rash. It can cover the whole body, but common sites include the wrist, elbows, armpits, webbing between fingers, beltline, and “below the belt” – in short, areas where there are natural folds in your skin. Sometimes tiny “burrows” are visible under the skin.

Scabies is usually spread by direct, prolonged contact with an infected person. It spreads easily in crowded conditions and by sharing towels, bedding, or clothing. Scabies can be spread even before you have symptoms.


Treatment: Normally, it is diagnosed by viewing a skin scraping under a microscope, but it is usually based on appearance. A doctor prescribes a scabicide. There are no OTC meds at this time.

The NIH website recommends a “Permethrin” cream be applied from the neck down and left for 8-14 hours, then washed off. Next, a lotion is applied to freshly washed hair. Don’t use conditioner. (Do this over a sink, so none of the lotion gets on your body). Leave it on for ten minutes.

Wash all clothing, bedding, and personal items in the hottest water possible. Repeat as recommended. All household members with even one person with scabies should be treated to prevent further infestations.

The CDC website states never to use a scabicide for veterinary use to be used on humans because there haven’t been clinical tests on humans for veterinary meds. At least as importantly, animals don’t spread scabies, and the type of scabies mite that causes “mange” differs from the one that spreads among humans. The “mange” mite can’t survive or reproduce on humans. But, in a true emergency, Tractor Supply isn’t far.

Scabies can’t live longer than 2-3 days away from human skin. Wash contaminated clothing and bedding under the hottest wash and drying cycles. Bag any item that can’t be washed securely and remove it from body contact for at least 72 hours.

Vacuum carefully, and get rid of the bag outside. You don’t need to fumigate the whole house.


Head Lice

Symptoms: Sometimes, you can just see them, which can be itchy. Spread by direct contact or sharing scarves, hats, etc. Lice can only crawl and can’t hop, jump, or fly.

Treatment: OTC medication includes: Pyrethrins that kill lice but not nits; Permethrins that may kill eggs for several days but often need repeat treatment; Dimethicone silicone oil that smothers the bug; and Lindane shampoo (Kwell) that works well but can be toxic to the brain and nervous system. I wouldn’t want to use this on a young child.

A prescription drug called Ovide is made from tea tree oil and alcohol. Why not make it yourself? Tea tree oil can be put into coconut oil and spread through the hair. Other oils that help are thyme, lavender, anise, ylang-ylang, and geranium. I have heard of good results with NEEM oil (undiluted), and I would also “powder” my head with diatomaceous earth.

After all the lice are killed, you still have to go through all the hair under a good light and pick the nits out; otherwise, they will hatch. Check every few days to see if any new nits have hatched. As with scabies, wash all bedding in hot water and use the hot dryer cycle.

Body Lice

Symptoms: Larger than head lice. Spread the same way as head lice. There are intensely itchy, red bumps on the skin that can become red or darkened, especially near the waist or groin. This lice can spread disease. The bug is the size of a sesame seed and can be seen with the naked eye.

Treatment: Body lice medications called “Pediculicides” can be used but are generally not necessary. Just use good hygiene, laundering, and drying of clothes and bedding.

Pubic Lice

Symptoms: Pubic lice live in other areas with coarse hair, too. They can be in beards, armpit hair, or even eyebrows! It can be transmitted sexually and spread by infected towels or bedding. Itching is the main symptom.

Treatment: The OTC treatment is the same as for head lice. If items can’t be laundered, place them in a plastic bag for two weeks.

Or shave everything off.

Bed Bugs

Symptoms: Small oval bugs that feed off human blood, especially at night. Bed bugs cause a rash, a small, flat (or raised) bump on the skin. There is redness, swelling, and itching.

Bed bugs have made a resurgence due to immigration and travel. They can be found anywhere in the world and may hitch a ride home in your suitcase. In addition, crowded living quarters, including simply living in an apartment building, can spread the infestation.

Treatment: First, find the bugs. They love to hide in the seams of your mattress, box springs, bed frames, carpet edges, dresser drawers’ corners, curtains, wallpaper cracks, and wicker furniture. You may see blood from their droppings where they congregate.

Pest control companies are usually called in to eliminate them. Unfortunately, you often have to throw out the mattress because nobody can guarantee they have been totally eliminated.

There are over-the-counter insecticides to use, but once again, I’d recommend diatomaceous earth.  You can sprinkle it in every crack, corner, and drawer, and on carpets and curtains. Here is a video showing how to make a bed bug trap. It was awesome. I made some with my friends.

You can buy a special mattress “bag” that prevents bed bugs from getting in. Also, wash and dry all the bedding and clothing. Then, vacuum and get rid of the bag! If you are carpet free, it’s much easier to clean up an infestation.

There isn’t a treatment for bedbug bites. Just shower and try not to scratch, preventing secondary infection. An antihistamine or Benadryl may help.


They are actually arthropods (spider-like). Ticks are most common in low, brushy areas from April to September but can be found year-round. Their population greatly increases after a mild winter. The bites can look as minor as a pink spot, or they can be red, inflamed, have a dark center, or have a bull’s-eye appearance.

There are two types of ticks: hard and soft. You usually don’t notice if a hard tick bites you, but the soft tick bite is excruciating. Both can spread disease, but it typically takes at least 36-48 hours for ticks to transmit diseases to their human hosts, although it can happen during removal if their body is squeezed, causing them to vomit into the host.

Use the highest amount of DEET in a repellent spray, or try some essential oil blends. Most essential oil brands sell a bug repellent blend, including oils such as citronella.

Occasionally, people get reactions from the tick’s saliva. It can cause the redness or swelling that is associated with the bite. Sometimes, a toxin is excreted along with the saliva. The one that catches everyone’s attention is the toxin that causes Lyme disease (a bacterial infection). Lyme is contracted from deer ticks, which can be as tiny as the head of a pin, making it extremely easy to not see when they are attached.

Common Lyme Symptoms

Common Lyme symptoms include a bulls-eye-shaped rash, followed by flu-like symptoms, numbness, confusion, weakness, joint pain and swelling, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and headaches. Unfortunately, the simple, short fact is that the symptoms can mimic many other diseases, and the one (bulls-eye rash) that is distinctive isn’t always present and may be missed, particularly if it is somewhere hidden, like on your scalp, under your hair.

If you are in an area with a high incidence of Lyme, be diligent about wearing tick-repelling products and protective clothing. Do regular tick checks if you go anywhere they might be, and keep tick-removal tools on hand. Make sure you know how to remove ticks safely. Then, if you start showing symptoms, go to the doctor promptly and tell them your concerns. Unfortunately, the current test for Lyme disease is highly unreliable (many false positives and many false negatives), so they will probably give you antibiotics even without a positive test.

Treatment: Oral antibiotics. The type prescribed depends on the stage of the disease. Early-stage meds are Doxycycline (Vibramycin), Amoxycillin, or Cefuroxime axetil (Ceftin). Doxycycline shouldn’t be used in pregnant women or kids under eight. Later stage meds include Ceftriaxone (Rocephin) and Penicillin G. Even when the bacteria are gone, long-term effects can last a lifetime.


Symptoms: Hives, itching, and rash. The rash has small bumps (often in sets of 3) that are intensely itchy, turn white when pressed, and may be in skin folds.

Fleas live outdoors and come in with our pets (or maybe ourselves).

Treatment: For Bites: 1% Hydrocortisone cream, an antihistamine (Benadryl), anything cool, like an ice pack, calamine lotion, eating garlic!!!, and vinegar in a compress. Tea tree oil, lemon oil, lavender, cedarwood, and eucalyptus oils all seem to be hated by fleas. (Reminder: Links to essential oils are at the end of this article.)

There’s also food-grade diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle that everywhere your pet sleeps or plays. You can rub it into their coats too! You can put it in their water bowl for internal bugs; read directions for amounts to use. All kinds of flea sprays, flea collars, topical medications are available, and pest control companies.


Not really a worm, but a fungus (Tinea). Highly contagious.

Symptoms: The classic sign is a patchy, crusty, circular ring, sometimes more clear in the middle. It can be on any part of the body. Depending on the body part, you can have discolored nails and lesions on the head with bald spots.

It is spread by touching or coming into contact with an infected person or animal. Cats are common carriers. To prevent athlete’s foot (a form of Tinea), don’t walk barefoot through shared floors at gyms or pools. Wash recently purchased clothes before wearing them, and don’t share brushes or combs.

Treatments: Over-the-counter antifungal meds like clotrimazole (Lotrimin), Miconazole, or Tolnaftate (Tinactin). There are creams, lotions, and powders. Apply twice daily for four weeks. Essential oils to treat ringworm include oregano, rosemary, and thyme in sweet almond carrier oil. Cedarwood oil and lemon oil have been reported to have good results. Tea tree oil can also be used to fight athlete’s foot.

Alternative Therapies for Internal Parasites

Essential oils that some people believe are effective in reducing or eliminating parasites include:

  • Oregano, Thyme, Fennel, Roman Chamomile, Clove, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Lavender, Bergamot, and Peppermint. Take in a capsule or with a beverage. (When I occasionally ingest an EO, I just put a drop or two in a large glass of water.)
  • Try a warm compress of a washcloth, dampened with hot water, and a few drops of your choice of essential oil. Another option is to apply the oil directly to the abdomen or bottoms of the feet. This information is from pages 285-286, “Modern Essentials.” (A DoTerra Oils Guide)
  • Dr. Josh Axe recommends a blend of black walnut, olive leaf, wormwood, and garlic to fight parasites. This combination comes in a bottle with all the above ingredients. Take daily for two weeks, stop for a week, and start again for two weeks. This allows for the eggs that hatch to be killed.
  • Pumpkin Seeds: Blend 200 grams of raw pumpkin seeds in a blender with a cup of yogurt (with live cultures) into a smooth paste. Eat it in the morning on an empty stomach. The chemical compound in the seeds is called “cucurbits,” and it paralyzes the worms. An hour later, take a laxative. The worms can’t hold onto the intestinal walls and are eliminated outside the body. Drink water to help flush out the worms.
  • Essential oils for eliminating ringworm include: Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree), Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon, Clove, Arborvitae, “Protective Blend,” Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon, “Cleansing Blend,” Patchouli, Lemongrass, Juniper berry, and Geranium. In addition, Cypress was mentioned specifically for athletes’ foot, as is Tea Tree.
  • For yeast infections of the mouth (thrush): Eat yogurt and take acidophilus pills.
  • Colloidal silver has been claimed to kill parasites.
  • Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth: Take a teaspoon mixed in water and drink it. It is made from the skeletons of tiny Diatoms. Although perfectly safe for us, it’s like ground glass to parasites. It slices and dices its exoskeleton. This is an effective therapy for external parasites, as well.

Alternative Therapies for Parasites in Humans: Resources

Many of these are essential oils (EO), most of which are not regulated as medicine by the FDA. Before using any EO, read the instructions carefully. Some can be ingested without problems, and a small number may be poisonous if taken internally and are strictly for external use. Most are only used in tiny amounts, often not more than a literal drop or two.

When you buy any EO, please check to ensure the quality, and don’t just buy the cheapest (or necessarily, the most expensive) one available.

To further research treatment for parasitic infections, here is a list of scientific articles; each includes a brief overview of each article/study.

Reader Tips for Treating Parasites in Humans

  • Reader Tip from J: “Back in the day, they ironed EVERYTHING — even underwear and sheets — not to take the wrinkles out, but to kill the fly eggs that flies lay on wet clothes hanging on the line…and yes, humans can get them – there are flies that like healthy flesh – totally gross, but do you want a maggot coming out of your skin?!” (Nope to that, for sure! The Survival Mom says: That’s a great survival tip to keep in mind and a reason to buy one of those old, antique irons that you heat up over a hot stove or fire.)
  • Reader Tip from David Mcclellan: “Years ago, when living in Hawaii, I had ringworm on my arm. Our Naturopath recommended a slice of fresh garlic because it is antifungal. I taped it on with a bandaid, and the ringworm was gone within a couple of days.”
  • Reader Tip from Grace Gniazdowska: “I picked up lice at summer camp as a child; my mom was going to chop off my beautiful (below my but) long hair. My grandma wrapped my head in white vinegar in a towel for three days straight, then sat with my mom with one of those tiny combs and got even the eggs– all dried up, out of my hair. They all suffocated, I had to sleep in it too, but my grandma’s advice saved my long hair. Saturate the hair in white vinegar and wrap it around the head. Leave for three days, do not unwrap for anything. As for any itching from parasites, even mosquitoes and no see-ums, thyme, or oregano essential oil will diffuse the itchy irritation and dis-infect it.”


Parasites in humans can cause illnesses and other health problems. In a disaster or when SHTF, you’ll be glad you know how to identify and treat common parasites using either traditional or alternative options.

This is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any disease.  Consult your personal medical professional.

Updated; originally published July 31, 2015.

34 thoughts on “How to Identify and Treat Parasites in Humans: A Concise Guide”

  1. Great article!!! I will have to add flies/maggots – I recently learned that back in the day they ironed EVERYTHING – even underwear and sheets not to take the wrinkles out, but to kill the fly eggs that flies lay on wet clothes hanging on the line . . . . and yes humans can get them – there are flies that like healthy flesh – totally gross, but do you want a maggot coming out of your skin?!

    1. The Survival Mom

      I learned something new today! I never knew that about ironing. That’s a great survival tip to keep in mind and a reason to buy one of those old, antique irons that you heat up over a hot stove or fire.

  2. No wonder my mother ironed everything and then taught all 7 kids to iron everything too. But she never mentioned the fly eggs. I did think it was odd to iron underwear and even socks, but that’s the way we were taught, and I’m the first son after 5 daughters.

    1. The Survival Mom

      Ironing must have taken HOURS of their time every week. Besides having smooth, crisp clothing and bedding, now we know that there was another motive!

  3. I saw the warning about not using vet products on humans. Just wanted to say I had used Ivomec on animals and when exposed to mange tried the Ivomec on myself. So many of my friends were totally freaked that I was going to keel over dead I finally called poison control 800 number and was reassured that Ivomec is safely used overseas in Third World nations to treat humans for parasites and has been used that way for years due to the low cost, safety, and effectiveness. As long as the person follows the dosage on the vial, 1cc per 100 pounds of body weight it is safe unless you might happen to be allergic to that product. And it costs about $40 for a 50cc vial at most feed stores, making it a cheap and effective product to have on hand for treating parasites in humans or animals when other care is not available. Now as far as pets are concerned, there are several breeds that can not take Ivomec, and those are the herding breeds: collies, border collies, and most of the Australian herding dog breeds. They seem to have some genetic abnormality that makes Ivomec lethal to them. This is the same basic ingredient this is in most heartworm medications, and it was noticed when they first came out that some dogs would die after being treated with it. they now know which breeds are likely to have a bad reaction. Dogs which are mixes and might have those breeds in their background should also not be treated with this. Blue heelers and Red heelers are amongst those who will die if treated with this. And you MUST follow the dosage, this is not a medicine that taking more will make it more effective. Taking more or dosing your pets with more, can kill. Follow directions.

    1. The Ivomec, by the way, will treat most worms, not tape worms, and it will treat scabies and mange, ear mites, and many other parasites. My brother told me his vet told him he allows his children to go barefoot and so he worms them every six months due to hookworms, mentioned in the article, which are very common here in Texas, and can go right through the skin of barefoot people.
      The same liquid medicine that is used to treat pinworms in humans is sold to treat worms in dogs, just by another name. They are interchangeable. Identical product.

      1. The name of the wormer sold for use in dogs is Strongid. I cannot remember the brand name it is sold for for human use. My vet was the one who told me they are the same, identical product.

    2. The Survival Mom

      I agree, Gena. More than one doctor has stated there is no difference between antibiotics packaged for humans and those packaged for fish. Good info about Ivomec.

  4. Sorry, one more comment. Ivomec is apparently very bitter. When I draw it up in the syringe, I add it to a 16 ounce beer, rendering it tasteless. I would presume you could add it to any strong flavored beverage to down it. From the reactions I had seen from dogs I treated, I could tell I did not want to swallow it straight.

  5. David McClellan

    years ago when living in Hawaii I had ringworm on my arm. Our Naturopath recommended a slice of fresh garlic on it because its antifungal. I taped it on with a bandaid and the ringworm was gone within a couple of days.

  6. I live in Toronto,Canada and many of the lice here are pesticide resistant. The BEST course of action is to buy a Terminator nit comb, wet the hair, apply a lot of conditioner, and comb everything out in 2 inch squared sections, wiping the comb on a paper towel after each pass. Repeat every other day until you are clear for a week, then weekly for two weeks, then check at regular intervals.
    With boys, you can simply shave their head.

      1. Grace Gniazdowska

        I picked up lice at summer camp as a child, my mom was going to chop off my beautiful (below my but) long hair, my grandma however, wrapped my head in white vinegar in a towel for 3 days straight and then sat with my mom with one of those tiny combs and got even the eggs- all dried up, out of my hair. They all suffocated, I had to sleep in it too, but my grandmas advice saved my long hair. Saturate the hair in white vinegar and wrap around the head. Leave for 3 days, do not unwrap for anything, As for any itching from parasites, even mosquitoes and no see-ums, thyme, or oregano essential oil will diffuse the itchy irritation and dis-infect it.

  7. fam,faith,n'freedom

    Thank you so much for the Essential oils information in this post. I also appreciated reading the information about additional pet meds, already being a big believer in “fish” antibiotics.

    Thanks for your work to help educate us. I’ve saved this information to my “Preparedness” file.

    1. You’re welcome! We have become so dependent upon modern medicine, we will be helpless if the SHTF. As Jeanette mentioned, Lice are resistant to most meds now, so we need to find other ways to take care of ourselves.

  8. We bought a mobil home (new),there is some kind of parasite in every inch of flooring,ceiling,all cabinets. They aren’t visible until it has,i’ll say shot me in the hair,nose,mouth,every inch of my body.No one can tell us what they are or how rid ourselves of them.we’ve tried Tea tree oil diatomaceous earth,straight amonia,bleach.Every pesticide known to Retailers.
    Even used Bayer full strength.Any ideas?

    1. You told my story. Over 8 years ago I bought mobile home. I sprayed the outside down and it was awful. I ended up getting all kinds of parasites. Like you I was told I’m going it to myself. I am still fighting them today. I finally started taking MMS and the are leaving me. What I had to do is walk away from home. I was afraid to even take belongings for they were in everything my 2 cats died, I was so weak. I put all in storage and it is still there today. Everytime I go in itch. My mistake was getting things out bringing them to new home. I constantly was reinventing myself. I tried everything even paid 1200 and heat treated the home Did not work. My suggestion is get out of there . They get in wood plastic there is nothing that will kill them all. Believe me. I tried turpentine, acetone, every disinfectant mixed with EO’s, enzyme cleaner, rubbing alcohol, peroxide 13%, and more. It only tired me out and made me crazy. My heart goes out to u and I’ll say a prayer. I hope you dont have to lose everything yet it may be worth getting your health back. As far as Dr I believe they red flag this with any place u go. I am using antibiotic treatment also which is working. Problem is I have to order parasite meds and antibiotics from another country. I tried er , multiple Dr and finally started researching as to treat myself. I wish you the best.

    2. Take horsetail capsules by Natures Sunshine to kill internally and Ladibug lice control products on your skin.

      Hope this helps.

  9. Tired of this

    What are your symptoms? I have spreading,errupting sores on my forearms & hands, and now a couple on my face. Drs.keep saying I’m doing it to myself, delusional parasitosis, but I know I’m not making them. I also have what appear to be worms in my stool, but the 1 stool sample came back negative. I have read that some worms in your stool can take up to 7 samples to get the positive. But, my Dr. acts like the aren’t any parasites in the USA, which is ridiculus, and makes it hard to get him to try to get me into a infectious disease Dr. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  10. It’s really a nightmare thinking of having some parasites in our body. I can’t think of my kids having any kinds of parasites, I will surely bring them to the doctor quickly.

  11. Mayumi Liwayway Espina

    Parasites, on their own, are already bad. Parasites latching on the body is quite harmful. I can’t begin to imagine my loved ones infected with them. I would prefer to go to the doctor to check it, although, natural methods can also work.

  12. Mandy Bryant

    I have 14 year old daughter that i believe has a bad parasitic infection. She has had pin worms before at age 5. And I literally had to make the doctor test her stool because they didn’t believe me. Now I am experiencing the same problem but worse they will not even test her and are now wanting to put her on anxiety meds. She has had a cough for months with brown sometimes black specs in the mucus. She’s cries every night with chest pains and joint pains all over. She itches and has a rash very dark circles under her eyes, no energy at all. I’m very concerned and dont know what i should do she’s recently said to me crying mom it’s getting worse every day and nobody will help me im gonna die. Please help me or refer me to someone who can please.

    1. The Survival Mom

      Hi Mandy. It sounds like you and your daughter need to find the right doctor who will listen to your concerns. I did a search on Amazon, and found this test for internal parasites — you can purchase the test yourself, send it in, and then get the results back directly. This might give you some peace of mind either way,

  13. Mary garity, if you haven’t found out what is infesting your home, I suggest it must be mites. Most likely bird mites or rat mites. I’ve been battling walking dandruff mites and it’s hell. They won’t die! At least they are large enough to see, and therefore identify. Good luck

  14. I have been battling some sort of mite and or parasite ever since I had a raccoon invasion in my crawl space/attic. I feel something crawling on me but see nothing however my arm hair seems to grow white and sticks straight up.i have noticed tiny black specks like dust or dirt just appear out of thin air.also lots of tiny white specs all over the inside of my car almost like salt.thin almost clear hairs show up all over my clothes and car. My cats are itching themselves to death even though I have treated them for fleas but I have never seen a flea. Sometimes I think I see stuff or movement in the air usually out of the corner of my eye.i think something is going on in my scalp too and I feel stuff going into my eyes but see nothing. I’m afraid of going to the doctor and being told I’m crazy. Honestly I’d rather be crazy then have this problem. Any words of wisdom?

  15. To all of you people fighting any type of parasites. Please read about Dr. Jennifer Daniels. And WALTER LAST Drink a teaspoon of K1 kerosene 1 in the morning and one at night it will clean you out gently. Parasite infections start from within. Inside you then you can kill scabies worms whatever you have. It comes from your insides you have to clean your insides out. If you want to get rid of scabies if you have scabies you’ve got worms. That’s how you get scabies from nasty ass worms. Drink some k1kerosene and things will start getting better I promise. If you got worms after you been drinking the kerosene for a couple days you have to take laxatives or your not going to be able to poop. Read WALTER LAST it tells you how to kill cancer worms any disease. After you drink a teaspoon you will feel SO much better. It works it’s the only cure there doing a population control. On us humans. BE SAFE not sorry it works. That’s what they give are army navy all of are forces if there gonna give it to THEM then I believe in WALTER LAST. God Bless us all. The Germans have all the cures. Hello.

    1. The Survival Mom

      I’ll leave this comment up but have to add a caveat about ingesting turpentine! Do your research and be cautious about this. I’m in favor of alternative medicine, but even though something might be “natural” or non-pharmaceutical doesn’t mean it’s safe for any specific person. Whatever you ingest interacts with other medications and could result in unpleasant and possibly dangerous side effects.

  16. Long term treatment, but coconut oil applied on the rectum at bedtime will keep pinworms from being able to lay eggs. This will keep itching at bay and break their lifecycle.

  17. Nico Crowkiller-Scherr

    Ladies and gentlemen,
    Something on a natural flea deterrent. My Grandmother had pennyroyal plants around her garden and at all her doors and window boxes.
    Fleas won’t come near. She also made small sachet pouches to sew to the dog’s collars. She placed these in both her dog’s and cat’s beds.
    Be aware that this is the predecessor to pyerithium and can be deadly if ingested but it will make fleas flee.

  18. We successfully beat back a scabies infection with tea tree oil and peppermint oil infused Castile soap.

    And doing laundry. So much laundry…

    Pinworms we treated with medication, but you can also stop the lifecycle by putting coconut oil on your rectum every night in addition to fastidiously cleaning everything. The worms can’t lay their eggs in the oil and it stops the itching. You have to do it for a month or two though…I’d get the meds, if you can.

  19. Rob in Kentucky

    How to Make/Use a Parasite Tincture: (internal use)

    • Prepare the proper dosage per weight (see below)
    • Use tinctures when an issue arises or as a preventative once a week, once every 2 weeks, or once a month
    • Give tincture directly to animals orally, or place in waterers or feed

    Tincture Dosage for Humans/Livestock:

    1 eye dropper (30 drops) per 150 lbs • 50-75 lbs (15 drops) • 25-45 lbs (10 drops)
    Make dosage according to weight ratio off of 150 lbs for 25 lbs or less

    Making Your Homemade Anti-Parasitic Tincture

    Now that you know the basics, it’s time to make your tincture! Follow the recipe and instructions below, and make this before you need it!

    Internal Parasite Tincture

    .5 oz clove, ground
    .5 oz black walnut hulls, ground (or powdered)
    .5 oz thyme
    1 oz wormwood
    1 oz grapefruit seed (optional)
    2 garlic cloves, smashed
    16 oz 80 proof vodka


    1. Pre-measure all herbs and vodka. If omitting the grapefruit seed, reduce vodka by 1 oz.

    2. In a large glass jar, add all herbs. Cover the herbs with the entire 16 oz of vodka. Make sure the herbs are submerged. If it helps, you can crush the herbs a bit before doing this step.

    3. Shake your tincture liberally and then set it in a cool pantry or cupboard, away from extreme temperature changes and direct sunlight. Shake your tincture each day (multiple times, if you want) for 4 weeks.

    4. After 4–6 weeks, strain your tincture from the jar. Pour your strained tincture into a colored glass eye dropper bottle, label, and store in a cool place until ready to use.

    5. Use 1 eye-dropperful in waterer or administer 2 drops by mouth (or dosage from dosing guide).

    6. Use tincture as a preventative once a month by mouth or in waterer, according to your own schedule. If parasites arise, use once every four to eight hours for 2–3 weeks.

    Note: If you’d like to add pumpkin seed to this tincture (because they are naturally anti-parasitic), add 1 oz of pumpkin seed and 1 extra oz of vodka.

    SAFETY NOTE: Black Walnut Hull in high dosages can be toxic to horses. Please consult a vet or use in small increments when needed.

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