Woman has a wriggling cockroach removed from her EAR ‘after the insect crawled in there to escape the rain’
- The unnamed woman from Vietnam woke up in sudden pain, local reports say
- At hospital, a doctor discovered a large cockroach stuck inside the canal
- It took him a couple of minutes to remove the insect, causing slight damage
Disgusting footage has captured the moment a woman had a cockroach removed from her ear.
The unnamed patient rushed to hospital in Vietnam because she was in agonising pain.
Local reports state that she believed some sort of animal may have crawled inside during the night.
Her doctor, known only as Dr Trinh, said it’s likely the insect was looking for shelter from the wet weather.
It took more than two minutes for the bug to be pulled out, and it was still kicking when it was removed.
Disgusting footage has captured the moment a woman had a cockroach removed from her ear
Dr Trinh said it’s likely the insect was looking for shelter from the wet weather
The video showed how Dr Trinh, at the Can Tho Hospital, investigated the woman’s ear canal with an endoscope.
He found a large, wriggling cockroach deep inside. It was stuck and unable to move around.
The woman had explained how she woke suddenly in the night with ear ache that was constant and painful.
But, according to Newsflare, she was shocked to discover a beastly cockroach was the culprit.
According to Dr Trinh, the woman’s ear was slightly scratched. It will take several days to heal, he said. It is not clear if the scratch was caused by the cockroach or the trauma of removing it.
The doctor said the wet weather causes insects to move to higher places to seek shelter, and the cockroach may have thought the woman’s ear was a cave.
Philip Robinson, an otologist at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust and president of the British Society of Otology, said insects in the ear are very rare.
He told MailOnline: ‘I have only had to remove an insect once in 30 years in ENT [Ear Nose Throat].
The woman said she woke up in the night with painful ear ache. Pictured, Dr Trinh removing the cockroach
The cockroach was still alive in the ear but was stuck. Pictured, dead after removal
‘It is thought that a combination of the hairs in the entrance to the ear canal and the wax lining the skin serves as a barrier and deterrent to insects and indeed debris getting inside.
‘The ear canal actually has its own clearance system, although that is damaged in people who use cotton buds, but would normally transport any dust, debris out form the depths of the ear canal to the outside world over a week or two.
‘However, live insects can get trapped and there are reports of people having spiders walking over their eardrums causing a drumming sensation.’
COCKROACHES FOUND IN EARS BECAUSE THEY GO LOOKING FOR FOOD
Coby Schal, an entomologist of North Carolina State University, told National Geographic in 2017: ‘It’s actually not an uncommon phenomenon to have a cockroach in the ear.
‘Roaches are searching for food everywhere, and earwax might be appealing to them.
‘A roach could go in to explore and then get stuck.’
Cockroaches are the most common insects to get inside the ear, according to experts.
One unnamed woman in Guatemala visited a volunteer fire station near her house complaining of dizziness and headaches.
On closer inspection medics there found a dead cockroach lodged in her ear and removed it with tweezers.
They posted a video online of the grotesque removal with the caption ‘You will sleep well tonight!’
A Florida woman also made the same stomach-churning discovery, and doctors didn’t manage to remove the entire insect for nine days.