Totally Not Cool, Mother Nature
Most people have heard the old myth that on average people swallow eight spiders per year while they’re sleeping. Fortunately, the terrifying claim is highly implausible (even sleeping humans are scary to spiders – and wouldn’t you wake up if you felt something crawling around your mouth?) But people are still obsessed with the fake statistic. Why? Because finding things in the human body that shouldn’t be living there is the perfect fodder for nightmares and urban legends.
That’s why it’s so disturbing to find out that in reality, it could be far, far worse. On this planet, there are creatures that have ended up living inside the human body that you DEFINITELY wouldn’t want there. And some of them are even MEANT to be there. Here are the most nauseating ones we’ve found…
1. 57 Maggots
The family of an Illinois woman with Alzheimer’s disease sued a local nursing home after doctors found not one, not two, but 57 maggots living in her left ear. The woman had an enlarged canal from a surgery performed earlier on, and occasionally had difficulties with infections. Doctors suspect they had been in her ear up to three days before they were found. Way worse than wax buildup…
2. Human botfly
The human botfly doesn’t actually live inside the human body, but it does lay its eggs on mosquitos and ticks, which can carry the eggs to a host. Like an icky sci-fi movie, when the eggs detect warmth from human skin they’ll hatch and crawl into the feeding site of the mosquito or tick. For the next six to eight weeks the botfly feeds under the host’s skin and then will thanklessly crawl out through a hole in the skin, but typically people notice them wriggling around sooner. Whatever you do, don’t look up botfly removal on YouTube.
3. Loa Loa Worm
Also called an “eye worm”, you can pick up one of these guys by getting bitten by an infected deerfly. The adult Loa loa filarial worm travels through human skin, and will occasionally cross into subconjunctival tissues of the eye, where other people can see the worm on the actual eyeball.