WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A spider invaded a man’s ear in eastern China and spun its web in there too.
- The doctor successfully flushed out the arachnid with some saline.
- Though quite rare, other cases of insects, not just arachnids, crawl up people’s ears.
Like something out of a nightmare, a man in eastern China was found to have a spider nesting in his ear when he went to the hospital complaining of “a crawling sensation.”
Dr. Zhang Pan of the Affiliated Hospital of Yangzhou University discovered that the tiny spider had not only invaded the man’s ear canal but even spun a web there. Zhang told the Sun that the arachnid was so small that he didn’t see it squatting on the man’s eardrum until he inserted an endoscope in the patient’s ear.
Footage showing a tube inserted deep to the man’s ear and revealing the tiny spider and the wispy filaments of its web were shared online on May 8 by Newsflare.
The doctor’s first attempt at capturing and extracting the spider using a pair of tweezers was unsuccessful. According to The Sun, Zhang had to use a squirt of saline to successfully flush out the spider. The patient did not wait to seek out medical assistance, so the doctor reports that there was no damage to his eardrum.
Though highly improbable and rare, cases of insects and spiders crawling into people’s ears actually do happen. Recently in Connecticut, a boy who complained of a buzzing in his ear actually had a tick latched onto his eardrum. Last year, a Florida woman woke from sleep to find a cockroach had taken residence in her ear.
Apparently, not just insects can be ear-invaders, in 2017 a very, very small gecko caused a man in China severe ear pain when it curled up in his ear canal.
Source: Live Science