Doctors Find Family Of Roaches Inside Man’s Ear

A 24-year-old man in China identified only as Mr. Lv suffering from an earache visited a hospital in Guangdong Province, southeast China, discovered his ear was filled with almost a dozen cockroaches.

Lv told doctors he had been experiencing a “sharp pain” in his right ear.

Dr. Zhong Yijin, an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist at Sanhe Hospital who treated the man,   said his ear hurt a lot, like something was scratching or crawling inside. It caused a lot of discomfort. 

The patient said a member of his family had previously shone a light inside his ear and found a huge bug inside.

Yijin examined the man’s ear canal and found an adult cockroach surrounded by newly born   offsprings. The insects were German cockroaches.

Dr. Yijiin said he found over 10 baby cockroaches inside the man’s ear canal, adding that they were already running around.

Lv told doctors he would leave food by his bed at night. Speaking to local media, Dr. Jiang Tengxiang, deputy head of ENT at the hospital explained this likely attracted the bugs. The adult cockroach might have viewed the man’s ear as an incubation chamber, and crawled inside, said Tengxiang.

Hospital staff used tweezers to remove the adult cockroach and her babies from the man’s ear.

Sanhe Hospital said in a statement that despite his ordeal, Lv was left with minor injuries to his ear.

Last year, a woman from Florida detailed a similar experience. Katie Holley said she and her husband bought a new home in the state. Due to the humid Florida climate, they weren’t surprised when they found cockroaches at the property. Holley paid for an exterminator to rid their home of the bugs.

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