Spider-in-ear is a new TikTok trend that is astonishing and appalling at the same time. Let us discuss it.
Have you ever gone online to search for something random and thought: “There’s no way that’s a thing,” only for you to receive a surprise? If so, you’ll probably get blown away by the spider-in-ear trend.
The spider-in-ear TikTok trend is grossly unsettling, but it isn’t what you think (or maybe it is). Read on to find out.
Why is the ‘Spider-in-ear’ trending on TikTok?
The spider-in-ear trend started when an article from April 2023 resurfaced three days ago. It was about a 64-year-old Taiwanese woman who went to the doctor because she couldn’t sleep well. She complained about a constant clicking and rustling sound that had persisted for days. However, upon inspection, doctors found a shedding spider in her ear canal. You can read the full article here.
The article caused a chain of TikTok videos surrounding similar cases to be uploaded online. These TikToks showed people’s reactions as they had spiders removed from their ears.
In this video, with 11,000 likes, we can see a spider skittering out of a woman’s ear after being forced out with a flood of water.
In the video below, they use hydrogen peroxide to achieve the same results.
The hashtag ‘spider-in-ear’ is now almost at 60 million views on TikTok as more videos of spiders in people’s ears keep surfacing. However, don’t be scared, as this phenomenon is rare. Moreover, if it were to happen, you could easily rectify it. Read on for tips on what to do if a spider gets in your ear.
What to do if you have a spider in your ear
Finding a spider in your ear sounds akin to something from a horror movie, and it could be pretty uncomfortable. However, it doesn’t pose any immediate harm, so don’t panic.
The first thing to do if you suspect a spider is in your ear is to tap on your ear and wait for feedback. After confirming the spider’s presence, the next step is to flush your ear. You could do it with water or some hydrogen peroxide (not more than ten drops). Get a friend to do it for you to avoid spilling, stay still, and wait for the spider to come out. Watch this video for reference.
Although spiders are the topic of the day, they’re not the only bugs that have crawled into people’s ears before. Read this article to discover what other creepy crawlies could burrow into your ears this season. Happy Halloween!