Published: Sat, August 24, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Doctors pull brown recluse out of Missouri woman's ear

Doctors pull brown recluse out of Missouri woman's ear

Susie Torres went to the doctor in Kansas City to find out what was bothering her, but it was a medical assistant who found the real problem, KSHB report.

Torres told American media outlet 41 Action News, "She [the medical assistant] ran out and said I'm going to get a couple more people". Soon, two nurses, three medical students and a doctor joined the assistant in the tiny exam room to break the news-a spider had set up shop in her ear canal.

True to its name, the brown recluse spiders hides out in dark corners of logs and rocks.

"I woke up on Tuesday hearing a bunch of swooshing and water in my left ear", Torres told WDAF-TV.

Torres said she doesn't know where the spider came from, but she'll now be cautious when going to bed. "She then said, 'I think you have an insect in there'".

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With the help of a few tools and a bit of magic, doctors removed a dime-sized brown recluse spider from her ear.

Torres says she'll be sleeping with cotton balls in her ears from now on, just to make sure that she doesn't get any more unwelcome visitors.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a bite from a brown recluse can cause itching, muscle pain, increased sweating, headaches, nausea and/or a fever.

Brown recluse spiders are common in parts of the South and Midwest - including Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska.

The discovery is certainly a odd one, and Torres told 41 Action News that she plans to prevent any more creepy crawlies from entering her body in the future. It's recommended you visit a doctor if you think you've been bitten by one. "It was like when you went swimming and you have all of that water in your ear".

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