Have you been having headaches recently? It’s probably nothing – maybe a bit of stress, or you could just be dehydrated. If you’re incredibly unlucky, though, it might be a cockroach that’s exploring the caverns inside your head.
As has been horrifically reported by The New Indian Express, a 42-year-old Indian woman by the name of Selvi was recently feeling a strange sensation around her nose and eyes at night. “There was a tingling, crawling sensation. Whenever it moved, it gave me a burning sensation in my eyes,” she said. “I spent the entire night in discomfort.”
Popping along to the local clinic, she was soon referred to a government hospital. After a few scans and checks, they came to the conclusion that there was a “foreign body that seemed to be mobile” within the frontal region of her head. Inserting a probe, all concerned were horrified to see it was an adult cockroach, which appears to have crawled into her nose at night.
Incredibly, it was still alive and appeared to be quite comfortable inside the gooey warmth of the lady’s nasal cavity. It had burrowed in quite far, right up to the spot between the back of her nose and her eyes.
Using both the powers of forceps and a suction device, the cockroach was successfully removed after 45 minutes – and yes, they caught the tail end of the procedure on video.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a rare incident. Don’t expect a cockroach – or anything like it, really – to be crawling up your nose or into your ear anytime soon. One member of the cockroach removal squad noted that this was by far the strangest thing that they had personally removed from a patient’s nostrils.
Beads, pieces of chalk, and even a leech had been found up there on occasion, but never a cockroach, and never one this large. It really must have squeezed in, antennae and all.
If you don’t live near anywhere that’s frequented by cockroaches, then you may still be worried that a spider could sneak into your face. Fortunately, the idea that we swallow seven to eight spiders per year is actually a myth, as our heavy breathing would frighten them away.
Spiders will happily nestle down in your ear, however.
If you’re in America, you’re also a tiny bit vulnerable to getting a scarab beetle in your ear. They can lift 50 times their own weight, so be careful one doesn’t get in too far and burrow through your ear drum.