A woman in southeastern India woke up one day this week to a nightmarish sensation: the feeling that a bug had crawled up her nose.
The 42-year-old woman, a Chennai resident identified only as Selvi, made her son-in-law take her to a medical clinic Tuesday morning so doctors could examine her.
“I could not explain the feeling, but I was sure it was some insect,” she told The New Indian Express. “There was a tingling, crawling sensation. Whenever it moved, it gave me a burning sensation in my eyes.”
Clinic doctors sent her to Stanley Medical College Hospital, where doctors found a live cockroach nestled against the woman’s skull between her eyes. The insect was resting close to the brain, according to the Deccan Chronicle.
Dr. M. N. Shankar said he was amazed by the bugged-out discovery.
“It is rare to find a foreign body in the nose (unlike the ear) and here it’s an adult’s nose ― and that too, a live cockroach,” Shankar told the paper.
Doctors tried to remove the roach with vacuum suction, but it was too big. They finally snagged it with the aid of a nasal endoscope. The patient is reportedly feeling better.
Doctors said that if Selvi had ignored the scratchy sensation, the insect eventually would have died, causing an infection close to her brain that may have been fatal, according to South West News Service.
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