Doctors remove spider from woman’s ear after she hears rustling

Doctors in Taiwan recently made a surprising discovery when a 64-year-old woman visited their clinic complaining of strange sounds in her left ear. After four days of hearing beating, clicking, and rustling noises, the woman sought help from an ear, nose, and throat specialist. To her astonishment, doctors found a small spider and its moulted exoskeleton in her ear canal.

This unusual case was published in a short report in the New England Journal of Medicine, highlighting the importance of seeking medical attention for foreign bodies in the ear. While insects in the ear canal are not uncommon, they can lead to complications such as infection, hearing loss, and vestibular complaints if not properly addressed.

In a separate study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, it was found that emergency doctors and physicians often encounter patients with foreign bodies in their ear canals. These foreign bodies can range from cotton or seeds to live insects. Therefore, it is crucial to approach the removal of such objects with caution.

Experts recommend against attempting to remove bugs from the ear with fingers or cotton swabs, as this can potentially push the object further into the ear or cause damage. Instead, individuals should seek the assistance of an ear, nose, and throat specialist to ensure safe and effective removal.

According to the Mayo Clinic, pouring alcohol or oil into the ear can help dislodge the insect if there is no hole in the eardrum. The liquid creates an environment where the insect can float out. However, if there is a perforation in the eardrum, it is essential to consult a specialist to prevent complications.

While this case of a spider in the ear may seem unusual, it serves as a reminder of the potential risks associated with foreign bodies in the ear canal. Seeking professional medical help is crucial to ensure the safe removal of the object and prevent any further complications.

To learn more about the topic of foreign bodies in the ear, you can read the article “Foreign Bodies in Ear Canals: A Review of Cases in Emergency Department,” which provides insights into the experiences of emergency doctors and physicians in dealing with such cases.