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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

AdilanClub: Boy gets live cockroach stuck in ear

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A young boy was reportedly rushed to hospital after a cockroach crawled into his ear while he was asleep and became stuck in the narrow canal.

"He didn't know about it until a second ago," his father said while filming a video of the gross encounter.

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He added that his son had been complaining about about a pain in his ear for about two days.

He was then sent to the hospital, where doctors found a tiny baby cockroach scrambling around in his ear.

To kill the insect, the doctor told the father than he would use one per cent lidocane, which is an anesthetic.

He used a syringe to squirt the liquid into the boy's ear.

According to the doctor, other than lidocane, other substances such as alcohol and mineral oil can be used to kill the insect before removing it.

Throughout the minute or two it took to kill the cockroach, the boy said he could feel the insect thrashing about.

A nasal spray was used to numb the passage. After which, medical personnel then proceeded to use microforceps to remove the cockroach from the boy's ear.

According to doctors interviewed by YourHealth, as unnerving as it may sound, getting an insect like a cockroach stuck in the ear is actually quite a common problem encountered by both children and adults.

Dr Barrie Tan, Consultant at the Dept of Otolaryngology at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) said in the emergency setting, he sees such cases about once every three months.

This is unsurprising as insects like cockroaches like dark corners, and hence are attracted to crevices such as ears, he added.

In fact, they can get stuck in even nasal and throat passages.

"This is especially commonly encountered in young children and patients with mental and psychological impairment," said Dr Yuen Heng Wai, Consultant at the Ear, Nose & Throat Department of Changi General Hospital.

Besides cockroaches, he said he has seen ants, moths and even bees stuck in ears before.

And his encounters do not just involve animate objects. He has seen strange objects such as buttons, batteries, pencil lead tips, matchsticks, pieces of paper, erasers and ball bearings getting wedged in ears.

Most of the time, these objects end up where they are when patients use them to clean their ears, he added.


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