Moth climbs into boy's ear

June 29, 2011 at 1:07 PM   |   Comments

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DENVER, June 29 (UPI) -- A 12-year-old Colorado boy had an encounter with a moth that was a little too close, he said, as the insect crawled into his ear as he slept.

Wade Schlote, who lives in the Parker area, said he's used to seeing bugs but not quite at such close range, KUSA-TV, Denver, reported Tuesday.

"I had a moment of panicking. I was in pain. It was hurting so much I was screaming and crying," he said.

When Wade and his mother Kathy were unable to wash the moth out of the boy's ear at home, they headed for the emergency room.

"[The doctors] said, 'Yeah, right. There's no moth in there.' But when they looked, sure enough, there was a moth," Kathy Schlote said.

"The doctors tried numbing my ear, thinking it would help with the pain and kill the moth," Wade said. "That didn't work. Then they tried drowning it. That didn't work. Then they tried irrigating it. That didn't work. Finally, the doctor pulled it out with tweezers and when they did it was still alive and started flying around."

Experts say the best strategy for an insect invading your ear is to remain calm and go straight to the emergency room to have it removed.

Trying to remove it yourself risks puncturing the ear drum, they say.

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