Cockroach pulled out of man’s ear after he felt wriggling for three days


  • A man thought he had water in his ear when he felt wriggling sensation in his ear canal after a swim.
  • It turned out a cockroach burrowed inside his left ear and stayed there for three days.
  • Zane Wedding saw a specialist who extracted the insect.

A New Zealand man had a scare after a cockroach burrowed inside his ear and stayed there for three days.

“It made me feel physically ill,” Zane Wedding told the New Zealand Herald of the insect. It reportedly crept in his ear canal while he was swimming at a pool in Auckland.

The Greenpeace worker first felt something was wrong after he got home that day and felt as if his ear was clogged. Initially thinking it was water from the pool, Wedding became alarmed after the “water” continued to move — even when he was sitting still.

The following day, Wedding visited a doctor who agreed with his “water” diagnosis. They prescribed the patient antibiotics and told him to blow-dry his ear canal to resolve the symptoms.

Unfortunately, this regimen did nothing to relieve his ‘symptoms.’

“I spent most of the weekend laying on my side or jamming a hair dryer in my ear,”  Wedding told CNN. “When I had to walk around I would instantly be dizzy. When I would lay down, I could hear the ‘water’ moving around my eardrum.”

Wedding reportedly tried everything from ear candles to chewing gum to clear the blockage.

After all else failed, Wedding reported to the ear, nose and throat specialist.

Per his account, the doctor reportedly examined his ear passage and exclaimed, “Oh my god, I think you have an insect in your ear.”

“In that moment, I realized every movement I’d felt over the weekend was the cockroach moving around in my ear,” said Wedding.

Thankfully, the medical practitioner managed to extract the insect in several minutes. He first yanked out half of the bug and the rest of it was removed with a suction device.

“I felt [my eardrum] pop as it came away,” said Wedding.

While the operation went off without a hitch, Wedding says that thinking about the ordeal still gives him “the creeps.”

Source: New York Post

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