Video Credit: AsiaWire
This is the moment doctors find a family of cockroaches living inside a man’s ear after a mother parasite laid over a dozen eggs.
Patient Mr Lv, 24, sought out doctors at Sanhe Hospital in Huiyang District, which is in the city of Huizhou in South China’s Guangdong Province, last month.
Mr Lv said he felt a “sharp pain” in his right ear while sleeping, and his family members shone a torch into his ear canal to find what appeared to be a large cockroach inside.
Ear, nose and throat specialist Zhong Yijin recalled: “He said his ear hurt a lot, like something was scratching or crawling inside. It caused a lot of discomfort.
“I discovered more than 10 cockroach babies inside. They were already running around.”
The newly hatched nymphs, which were small and lighter in colour than their black and brown mother, were of the German cockroach (Blattella germanica), the hospital said.
Doctor Zhong plucked the tiny insects from Mr Lv’s right ear one by one using a pair of tweezers, before also removing the much larger mother roach.
According to the hospital, Mr Lv suffered minor injuries to his right ear canal.
He was prescribed with ointment and cream, and discharged on the same day.
The hospital’s head of ENT, Li Jinyuan, told local media that Mr Lv had a habit of leaving unfinished food packets near his bed, attracting parasites such as cockroaches.
Female cockroaches carry up to 40 eggs, reports said.
Deputy head of ENT Jiang Tengxiang advised: “Household hygiene helps to prevent the appearance and spread of cockroaches.
“Disinfect drains and sewers. Use mosquito nets and screens on windows.
“That’ll stop insects from flying or crawling into your noses and ears.”
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