Doctor in Malaysia pulls live tick from inside man's ear


A doctor in Malaysia was surprised when he found and pulled a live tick nesting in a man’s ear.

Forty-nine-year-old ear, nose and throat surgeon Rahmat Omar had been doing a exploratory procedure in a male patient’s ear to figure out why the man had been feeling pain in his ear for days, reports Mirror.

The Kuala Lumpur-based doctor was shocked to discover a lone tick comfortably sucking blood inside the man’s ear. Droppings around the tick suggested the insect had been there for some time. Its gray and puffed-up appearance also suggested the tick had been gorging on the man’s blood for days.

“The patient was in a lot of discomfort, they were so happy when I removed it,” said Omar.

The surgeon carefully plucked the tick from its feeding spot while cleaning up its droppings with a suction hose. Since the tick had buried its head into the flesh, a bit of skin came off when Omar pulled the wriggling tick off, according to the report.

He exclaimed, “It’s certainly the first time I have ever seen this and I hope I never have to do this again.”

Afterwards, Omar proceeded to do a standard ear cleaning to wrap things up. While things ended well, he said things could have been dangerous for the the patient.


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