If you're squeamish, you might want to look away.
Having a splitting headache is bad enough, but for a woman who had a spider living in her ear, her trip to the doctor turned out to be nothing short of nightmarish (video below).
"I was terrified as I could feel the movement of a creature in my ear," said the woman, identified only as Lekshmi L., according to The Sun. "The acute earache followed by sharp pains suffocated me. I couldn't think of anything and was petrified when the doctor confirmed the presence of a spider in my ear."
It started when she reportedly fell asleep on her veranda and woke up with a headache and tingling feeling in her head.
The 49-year-old also felt that her right ear was blocked by something. It started off as a mild discomfort, but when her daughter looked at her ear with a flashlight, she said that she was suddenly in excruciating pain, so her husband brought her to the hospital, notes United Press International.
That's when things got gruesome.
Medical professionals took a look at the ear and quickly realized that something was inside of it, so they tried to get the creature to crawl out on its own.
"It is common to see emergency room visits due to the presence [of] a foreign object in the ear and it takes a simple procedure to remove the object," said Dr. Santosh Shivaswamy of Columbia Asia Hospital in Hebbal, India, where the woman was treated, according to The Sun. "However, when a living insect makes its way inside a human ear, the patient's anxiety makes it difficult to continue the procedure."
Shivaswamy added that it was "rare" to find "a live spider moving inside someone's ear canal."
Those who are brave enough to watch the video will see the thick spider moving around inside Lekshmi's ear and tentatively crawling out toward the light.
The worst part about all of this? Critters crawl into people's ears a little more often than one might hope. Though it's not terribly common, cockroaches and flies are the most likely bugs to be found looking for some peace and quiet inside of ear canals, notes Thought Co.
If you think a creepy creature has made your ear into a home, the National Institutes of Health recommend turning your head so that the affected side is facing up and waiting for a while to see if the bug exits. If it doesn't, you can pour in a bit of mineral oil, olive oil or baby oil and gently pull your ear lobe backward. This should suffocate the bug, and it should float out in the oil. Either way, it's critically important to see a doctor if you have this unfortunate experience.