One resident of Auckland, New Zealand, had a cockroach in his ear for several days.
One resident of Auckland had a cockroach in his ear for several days.
The insect was there by accident when the man was swimming in the pool. At first he thought his ear was blocked by water. When neither of the detaching methods worked, he went to a specialist.
Zane Wedding, 40, from Auckland, New Zealand, decided to take advantage of the hot weather last week and take a dip in the pool. However, he came out of the water with a “stowaway” – a cockroach that lodged in his left ear.
He tried everything to unclog his ear
I used a drop to clean it, and as it was late, I fell asleep on the couch, he reported to CNN journalists on Thursday.
– In the morning when I woke up, it was still clogged. So I went straight to the doctor. I was waiting for a surgeon to help me unclip them because it was terribly irritating – he said.
At first, the doctor thought that his ear was blocked by water, so he recommended that he go home and use a hair dryer to evaporate the moisture. But Wedding knew something was wrong.
– I left the doctor with no relief. I spent most of the weekend lying on my side or putting on an ear dryer. When I walked, my head was light-headed. When I lay down, I heard the water moving over there, he said.
“Over the weekend, I tried everything I could to help myself – ear candles, jumping on one leg, chewing gum, I even went for a run – I just did whatever came to my mind to clear my ear,” he added.
The cockroach spent three days in the man’s ear
Instant relief after it was removed
Movement suddenly stopped on Sunday night, but the ear was still clogged, so the man booked an appointment with an ENT doctor for Monday.
“As soon as the doctor looked inside, she said,” Oh my God, I think you have an insect in your ear, “said Wedding. It was at this point that I realized that every movement I felt over the weekend was from a cockroach.
I immediately thought about pumping hot air in and boiling it in my ear canal all weekend. I felt sick – he added.
The doctor pulled out the dead insect during a five-minute treatment.
Every time she touched it, I imagined she was pressing it against my eardrum. This [taking it out] was an immediate relief. I felt a pop as soon as the doctor took him out, he said
– Once I knew it was a worm, everything became clear. This is why the “water” moved even when I was motionless. It was a cockroach moving in my head, he concluded.
Main photo source: Facebook / Zane Wedding