A 26-year-old woman vacationing in Puerto Rico almost ruined her trip when a baby crab crawled into her ear.
In a New York Post video, a man with tweezers tries to pluck the crab from her ear several times before the small crustacean crawls out for freedom. While he tries, bystanders ask the woman to blow her nose to scare the crab out of her ear. After four or five attempts, the crab scurries out.
“It was a great vacation until this situation happened,” victim Cheyanne Coleman confessed.
Fortunately, the crab didn’t start biting her eardrum. That would be almost an instant nightmare even if you didn’t get the crab in your ear.
One Twitter commenter joked that there are no crabs in Vegas. You got that right.
Lots Of Crabs, Lots Of Ears
Occasionally, this small animal will try to find a home in a small crevasse of a human body.
In 2019, a 38-year-old man needed urgent medical help after his ear canal swole up and caused him intense pain.
The unnamed man said he “was afraid that my organ would be damaged, but I am grateful to the doctor for his swift action.”
Crab Versus Just You
Let’s say you’re alone and without any way to get immediate help.
Freediving Coaches of Asia YouTube host Jeroen Elout walked folks through the process of removing the crab in an entertaining video clip.
Elout said crabs prefer safe places over a person’s ear, but if you give them something safe to crawl toward, they’ll go for that. The man put a winded rope next to his ear and said he’s learned they would come out that way on their own.
Just for your information, a shrimp stuck in your ear will die a day later. So if you can go that long, you can get it out that way.
WebMD, on the other hand, gets a little more scientific. The website offers four steps you can take. First, if you can lean your head to one side, it might fall out. Second, find a pair of tweezers and use them without pushing the object in deeper. Don’t remove the thing by force. The ear canal is a very sensitive place and often very painful for objects.
Third, if you know the object is a live insect, the website suggests dropping warm baby oil or vegetable oil in it. Granted, if you or a child is in pain, don’t do this. If the ear is bleeding or there are tubes in the ear, don’t do this method either.
Finally, if your eardrum isn’t hurting or there are no tubes, just go with a little warm water.