A woman who felt nauseous and had an earache for days after swimming in a pond while camping has told of the nightmarish moment a “thick-bodied” spider crawled out of her ear.
UK journalist Ros Wynne-Jones told the horrifying story over her Twitter account, recounting how she spent her birthday in Devon.
Ms Wynne-Jones explained she went ‘wild swimming’, after which her ears felt clogged.
The next day, Ms Wynne-Jones put the sick feeling she had down to the drinks she had by the campfire, yet three days later she was still nauseous and her ear still ached.
“We went on a hilly car trip, altering pressure in my ears,” she tweeted.
“My ear started banging, cracking, whistling, & a feeling I can only describe as rustling.”
Then, Ms Wynne-Jones lost the ability to communicate. She described the nausea as “horrendous” and got out of the vehicle grabbing her ear.
“At this point I felt something emerging from it...” she continued.
“I assumed at first it was wax. But no. It was moving, and its legs were still kicking. It was a spider. Not a small spider but a medium, thick-bodied spider.
“The nausea immediately lifted and I felt fine, except for being a bit traumatised, along with all my companions...”
However, a week later, Ms Wynne-Jones was still experiencing nausea and feeling “terrible”, so she went to the emergency department to “check for eggs and legs”.
“No-one wants to hear that sentence with regards to their ear. Happily, neither were present. But I've got an ear infection maybe where the spider bit or scratched me,” she said.
“And it's the first time, I've ever heard a triage nurse at A&E scream.”
Ms Wynne-Jones followed up the tweets with a first-person account published on The Mirror, where she confirmed the spider was a UK Water Spider, and she said her children were more worried about the spider than her.
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