Bugs crawl inside people’s ears much more often
than you might think.
Here are five times in just the last few years
that bugs made their home in a human ear canal.
An Australian man woke up early one morning in 2014
and had a sharp pain in his right ear.
At the doctor’s office they told him
he had a cockroach lodged in there.
And it was one of the largest they’d ever seen.
Cockroaches are the most common bug
to be stuck in ears because they can’t crawl backwards once
they get in.
And they realize they’ve made a huge mistake.
A woman in China in 2012 visited the doctor
after having an itchy ear for almost a week.
A hairy spider with four eyes was living in her ear.
Be warned you image search this because it’s horrifying.
The woman was fine after doctors flushed out
the spider with a saline solution.
57 maggots, to be specific, were in a 90-year-old woman’s ear
in 2012, and had been there for three days.
The woman lived in a nursing home in Illinois and could not
speak or care for herself, due to Alzheimer’s.
Also, she had 57 maggots in her ear.
Her family filed a suit against the nursing home
for negligence and emotional distress.
A mite infestation in the ears is actually
a rare condition called otoacariasis.
In Taiwan in 2012, a 70-year-old man
had a sense of fullness in his right ear,
but no other complaints.
Turns out, he had a community of microscopic house dust mites
and mite eggs living in and feeding off of his ear.
In 2013 a British woman came back from her holiday room
in Peru with a bonus souvenir in her ear.
On the plane trip home, she had a severe headache
and could hear scratching noises.
Sure enough, surgeons extracted screw worm fly larvae
from her head.
The larvae had managed to burrow a 12-millimeter hole in her ear
The National Institute of Health recommends
not trying to pull a bug out of your ear yourself.
If it won’t crawl out on its own,
you can drown it in olive oil, or something similar.
Go see a doctor.
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