Doctor Pulls Brown Recluse From a Woman's EarNewser — Bob Cronin
That swishing sound in Susie Torres' ear sounded like water. Maybe it was caused by a recent allergy shot, she thought. The slight pain didn't let up, so she decided to have her ear examined after work.
A medical assistant had one look and went for help, KSHB reports. As she left the room, she said, per People, "I think you have an insect in there." Two nurses, three medical students, and a doctor arrived, per CNN.
It took the doctor several tries, but the troublemaker was removed from Torres' ear: It was a brown recluse spider, whose bites carry a venomous fluid.
"The nurses said it was dead," the Kansas City woman said later, "but they might've just said that so I wouldn't freak out."
The spider came out in one piece, and it hadn't bitten her.
The brown recluse usually stays outdoors, the CDC says, but can also be found in dark closets, shoes, and attics. A bite usually only happens if it's trapped against a person's skin.
A bite can cause a severe lesion, which needs medical attention. Torres was calm during the episode, but conceded, "I'm pretty terrified of spiders." She's taking no chances now, especially at bedtime.
"I went and put some cotton balls in my ear last night," Torres said. (A woman in Tennessee was bitten repeatedly.)
- Pregnant Woman Tests Positive for Meth, Figures Out Why
- We're Still Consuming Too Much Sugar, White Bread
- This State Just Made Harshest Anti-Vaping Move Yet
This article originally appeared on Newser: Doctor Pulls Brown Recluse From a Woman's Ear