I was watching TV recently and saw something horrifying! This poor guy was experiencing some really strange physical symptoms that, seemingly, was for no reason. He was having headaches and nosebleeds after living in a foreign country for a period of time. One day, he was riding his bicycle and saw something, out of the corner of his eye, protruding from his nose. He reached for it but there was nothing there. He peddled along, saw it again, reached for it again, and found nothing. He thought he was losing his mind.
The guy pulled over to a restaurant to regroup, mentally, and ponder what was going on with himself. While there the thing came out of his nose again, and scared the life out of the waiter. In this country, something as horrifying as this was seen as demonic. The waiter fled, screaming.
The guy went to a doctor who confirmed that there was a parasite living in his nose. It was a leech! After trying for some time to retrieve the leech, and being unsuccessful, the man continued to live with the leech until he returned, a week or so later, to the U.S. Here, he visited another doctor who was able to get the leech out of the patient’s nose. This was no easy task.
How did the leech get in the man’s nose? After discovering its existence the man remember exactly what happened: he had washed his face in a creek! As he bent over the water, and splashed it on his face, the leech swam into his nose! He never even felt the intrusion nor did he feel the leech feasting on his brain! Leeches produce an enzyme which they inject in the area where they wish to feast. This numbs the area and allows the leech to feast without the host ever knowing.
The doctor tried a unique remedy to get the leech to come out long enough to be caught. He had the guy throw water on his face. The sound of the water convinced the leech he was home and he crawled out far enough for the doctor to grab it with a pair of hemostats. The leech literally had to be pulled out by force.
If you’re an outdoorsman, who enjoys hiking, camping and fishing, reconsider splashing water on your face from a creek or river or an area where leeches live. Although the chance of this same scenario happening to someone else is slim you can avoid the risk altogether if you never bend over and splash water directly on to your face.