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Spider lives in woman’s ear

A woman referred to as “Ms.Lee” arrived at Changsha Central Hospital in China complaining of an itchy ear. The itch had begun five days earlier and had grown increasingly worse. Doctors soon discovered that a spider had made its nest in Ms. Lee’s ear canal.

This photograph was taken before any attempts to remove the spider were made.

Concerned that the use of medical equipment may cause the spider to drill its barbs in deeper, Ms. Lee’s ear canal was flushed with saline solution and the spider was removed.

As supremely terrifying as this thought is, insects often seek shelter inside people’s ears. Recently 12-year-old Wade Scholte was admitted to an emergency room in Colorado where a moth was removed from his ear with tweezers.

Philip Koehler, an entomology professor at the University of Florida explains, “the insects are probably entering the canal as harborage, for heat and/or moisture.”

I may never sleep again.

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This entry was posted on October 22, 2012 by in Weird nature.

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