A doctor from Malaysia shared video of an atypical procedure that culminated from a live tick being discovered in a patient’s ear canal.
The footage shows Dr. Rahmat Omar, 49, a nose, throat and ear surgeon in Kuala Lumpur, dislodging the tick from deep inside one of his patient’s ear canal.
Omar noted he was stunned when he found the foreign object inside the patient’s ear was a living tick.
“The patient was in a lot of discomfort, they were so happy when I removed it,” the doctor explained. “It’s certainly the first time I have ever seen this and I hope I never have to do this again!”
Ticks feed on the blood of their host — wild and domestic mammals, birds, reptiles, and humans.
There roughly 850 tick species, some of which are capable of transmitting diseases such as Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Lyme disease.
The length of time a tick remains attached relies on the tick species, tick life span and the host immunity. Generally if unmolested, larvae stay attached and feed for approx 3 days, nymphs for 3-4 days, and adult females around 7-10 days.Like, oh my freakin’ gosh!; Photo: Tick Twister
You may have figured, however, ticks are not insects; though they are frequently mistaken for them.
Ticks are in fact classified as arachnids, or relatives of mites, scorpions and spiders.
If you look deeply at a tick when categorizing it, it sort of resembles a spider with its lack of antennae and four pairs of legs.
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