Arachnophobe Who Woke Up With Earache and Vertigo Finds Spider In His Ear: 'Absolute Nightmare!'

A man who took a day off work because he felt sick eventually found out that the source of his apparent illness was a spider that had crawled into his ear canal.

Twenty-seven-year-old Liam Gomez from Kent, England, first noticed problems when he woke up on Wednesday morning with an earache and vertigo, British newspaper The Sun reported.

In an attempt to the treat the pain, Gomez decided to use some olive oil, oblivious to what he was about to find.

"I put a couple of drops of olive oil in my ears and decided to go back to sleep for a bit—I could feel tickling in my ear, but put it down to the oil," Gomez said.

"When I woke up a couple hours later, I could still feel the sensation, but also hear a faint scratching sound, so I decided to investigate with a cotton bud," he said.

But as he pulled out the cotton bud, the self-described arachnophobe was shocked to find a spider's body minus one leg. He then spent around an hour trying to remove the remaining spider body parts, MailOnline reported.

"I used a hairpin and the cotton bud to retrieve the spider, making sure to count the legs coming out, then made sure to give my ear a good clean," he said. "My initial reaction was just to get the bloody thing out of me as fast as possible—I was obviously revolted as I hate spiders. Once I'd calmed down a bit I did think, 'Well, that's one for Facebook!'"

'"Total sod's law as I'm an arachnophobe—absolute nightmare! And the irony is—I'm a web designer for a living!," he told MailOnline

The previous evening, Gomez said he had arrived home from work to find a spider's nest above his door with numerous hatchlings, which he swept away with a broom.

"I can only presume one from the nest I cleared must have snuck into my ear overnight—maybe as some sort of revenge mission!" he said.

Gomez added that he hoped the spider was male so it didn't have a chance to lay eggs in his ear canal, although he is not going to see a doctor over the issue. From now, he said he was going to take extra precautions to prevent the situation occurring again.

"I definitely think ear muffs are the way forward!" he said.

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A spider's web hangs from blades of grass at dawn in Richmond Park on September 22, 2016 in London, England. Jack Taylor/Getty Images
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