Feed Chip U.S. Doctors find venomous recluse spider inside Missouri woman’s ear

Doctors find venomous recluse spider inside Missouri woman’s ear

Talk about an unwelcome tenant.

A Missouri woman had a horrifying surprise when she went to the doctor this week to find out why she was hearing a squishing sound in her ear.

It was not water, as she had thought, but a venomous recluse spider that had somehow made its way into the woman’s ear overnight.

Susie Torres told KSHB-TV that the eight-legged creature luckily did not bite her. The nightmarish discovery happened Tuesday in Kansas City.

The woman said the first sign something was wrong came shortly after a medical assistant began checking her out.

“She ran out and said I’m going to get a couple more people,” Torres told the station. “She then said, ‘I think you have an insect in there.'”

Doctors then told the woman a highly venomous brown spider was crawling inside her ear.

“They had a few tools and worked their magic and got it out,” Torres calmly told a KSHB reporter.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes the spider as “dangerous,” but it says the animal is usually not aggressive and normally bite a person if it’s “trapped or unintentionally contacted.”

If a bite does happen, symptoms can vary from minor to severe and even lead to death, though the agency said fatal cases are “extremely rare.”

Possible symptoms include itching, rash, muscle pain, increased sweating, fever, chills, nausea, headache and difficulty breathing, according to the CDC.

Torres said she does not know how the recluse made its way into her ear, but she said she already knows how to prevent it from happening it again.

“I went and put some cotton balls in my ear last night,” she told the NBC affiliate.


Sharon is one among the oldest contributors of Feed Chip. She aims to empower the readers with delivery of apt factual analysis of various news pieces from around the U.S.

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