Spider in the Ear.
In what can only be described as a nightmare-come-true, a spider crawled inside a woman’s ear canal and lived there for five days before doctors extracted it.
The woman, referred to only as Ms. Lee, arrived at China’s Changsha Central Hospital of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery on Aug. 8, RedNet News notes. She complained of an itchy ear and was hoping doctors could treat her.
When Dr. Liu Sheng took a look inside, he found a spider living in the woman’s ear canal. Apparently, the spider had crawled into Ms. Lee’s ear while she slept.
The doctor and his colleagues decided to force the spider out of the woman’s ear canal with a saline solution, as they worried that attempting to take the living spider out with equipment would only cause it to drill its barbs deeper, the report notes.
“The insects are probably entering the canal as harborage, for heat, and/or for moisture,” Professor Philip Koehler hypothesized.