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Woman complains of ear pain; doctors pull out venomous brown recluse spider

This story might make you want to sleep with ear plugs until the day you die.  A brown recluse spider crawled into a Missouri woman's ear while she was asleep and couldn't get out.


KSHB in Kansas City reports that Susie Torres, an admitted arachnophobe, woke up last Tuesday hearing a "swooshing" in her ear.  She described the sound as "like when you went swimming and you have all of that water in your ear."


At first, she thought it was a reaction to a recent allergy shot, but discovered her ear pain was far from that after a quick trip to the doctor.


A medical assistant discovered the source of Torres' pain, a dime-sized brown recluse spider.  Thankfully, the arachnid was removed without an incident or bite.


As for what Torres is doing now that a whole spider was pulled from her ear? "I went and put some cotton balls in my ears last night."  She's also shaking out all of her clothes and now refuses to let her purse touch the floor.


Though they're not nearly as common as popular opinion would have you believe, the brown recluse is a venomous spider with a bite that can cause flu-like symptoms and, at worse, tissue death at the bite site if left untreated.

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