A 64-year-old woman was shocked to discover she had been living with a spider and its molted skin inside her ear for several days before she sought medical attention.
The woman, who was not named, was forced to seek help at a nearby clinic in Tainan, Taiwan, after she had been hearing constant, abnormal sounds in her left ear that kept her awake for four days.
According to her, the symptoms began with a startling sensation of a creature moving inside her ear upon waking up one day.
Subsequently, she endured relentless noises, including beating, clicking, and rustling sounds, which not only disrupted her sleep but also caused significant distress.
Upon a physical examination, medics discovered a small spider crawling inside the external auditory canal of the woman’s ear.
Astonishingly, the molted exoskeleton of the spider was also found inside.
A short clip filmed during the procedure shows the creeper moving around in her ear while front-facing the camera.
Thankfully, medics said the woman’s eardrum appeared to be in normal condition despite the creature’s presence.
Doctors then carefully removed both the spider and its exoskeleton from the woman’s ear canal.
As soon as the crawler was taken out, she reported an immediate sense of relief.
Experts from the Tainan Municipal Hospital reminded that in cases involving larger spiders or insects lodged in the ear canal, it is recommended to instill lidocaine or ethanol to kill the creature before removal to prevent excessive movements that could potentially damage the delicate structures of the ear.
However, they also noted that introducing any liquids into the ear is strictly discouraged if the eardrum has been ruptured.
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