WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A woman in Taiwan was found to have 4 sweat bees under her eyelid when she went to the hospital complaining of eye pains.
- The bees were alive and were feeding on the woman’s tear ducts when they were successfully taken out.
- The sweat bees are also attracted to human sweat, which they lick up with their short tongues instead of stinging or attacking a person.
Last week, a 29-year-old Taiwanese woman found out that there were four bees inside her eyelid, feeding on her tear ducts.
It all started when the woman, only identified by her last name He, went to clean a relative’s grave. She started feeling some discomfort in her eye. Thinking that it was probably dirt or sand, she used water to try and flush it out though was unable to do so. The pain became severe by the time evening rolled around, so she turned to a doctor for advice.
At Fooyin University Hospital, Taiwan, doctors found that four sweat bees had somehow made their way under the woman’s swollen eyelids. Professor Hung Chi-ting said that he’d seen “something that looked like insect legs” and he slowly pulled out the insects, which were still alive, one by one.
The woman is expected to make a full recovery, owing in part to the fact that she didn’t rub her eyes excessively. This could have resulted in additional inflammation of the cornea, even blindness.
Terminix says that sweat bees are incredibly small, making them difficult to spot flying around. They’re also attracted to human sweat, which they lick up with their short tongues instead of stinging or attacking a person. The consumption of perspiration provides the insects with a supplement to their diets.
Dr. Hung has suggested to the woman that she wears goggles during her next visit to her relative’s grave, where it is likely that the bees unknowingly flew into her eye.