Next time your ear is itchy you will think of this story, I guarantee it.
Also, you may never sleep again, but hey, thems the breaks of reading a few of my posts.
Personally, I think this post is way scarier than the photo you’re about to see but that’s just me.
Remember hearing the story a year or so ago about that kid from Colorado who was rushed to the emergency room after a moth flew into his ear while he was trying to sleep?
Doctors had to extract the bug with tweezers and, according to a 9News, report it came out alive.
Yeah, well, I’d take a moth in the ear over what you’re about to see anyway.
Consider yourself warned:
As the Huffington Post reports, a spider crawled inside a woman’s ear canal and lived there for five days before doctors got it out.
The unidentified woman complained of an itchy ear and so last week went to see a doctor at China’s Changsha Central Hospital of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Liu Sheng immediately saw what the problem was. A spider had apparently crawled into the woman’s ear while she slept and decided to make a new home for itself.
Doctors, worried that using a device of some sort would only force the spider deeper into her ear (I’m going to pause here with some parenthesis so you can envision that little scenario) tried to force out the spider with saline solution
Reddit user Psycho0222 posted a photo the doctor took of the spider. Brace yourselves:
Oh hi! Pardon me but I was just living inside your ear. I like it here. Is cozy!
The incident lends credibility to what a boyfriend once told me – that the average human swallows some horrifyingly high number of spiders while sleeping each year. Is it true? Do we snack on critters while sleeping?
According to About.com it rarely happens. For you to swallow a bug while sleeping a high number of things would have to occur: “You’d have to be sleeping with your mouth pretty wide open. If a spider crawled on your face and over your lips, you’d likely feel it, so a spider would have to approach you by descending from the ceiling above you on a silk thread. The spider would have to hit the target – your mouth – dead center to avoid tickling your lips. And if it landed on your tongue, a highly-sensitive surface, you would feel it for sure. So the spider would have to land at the back of your throat without touching anything on the way in. And then you’d have to swallow.” Not only that but it’s highly unlikely a spider would voluntarily approach the mouth of a large predator.
While this goes some way in soothing my itchy skins right now the fact that ears aren’t mentioned is unsettling. So is the last quote from an entomology professor in the Huffington Post article. “The insects are probably entering the canal as harborage, for heat, and/or for moisture.”
So they don’t care for your mouth but are really into your ears. Greeeeat.
Sleep tight! Oh. And DON’T LET THE BED BUGS BITE.
And now my ears won’t stop itching.
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