The Drs TV: Maggots Found Inside Man’s Ear
The Doctors shared that a man in India was complaining of buzzing in his ear, when a doctor found hundreds of maggots slowly growing and making their way toward his brain. The doctor carefully removed the nest of wiggling larvae and the patient expressed nothing but thanks. The Doctors shared videos of the doctor removing the little white worms.
Dr Drew Ordon said it happens more commonly in the tropics and two different flies are to blame, because they love to lay their eggs inside your ear. Dr Ordon said leeches are used in plastic surgery because they’re the best debriders out there, although he doesn’t use them at his practice. Dr Rachael Ross said when she was doing charity work and saw maggots that has nested inside open wounds, she noticed that the wounds were actually doing better because they were warding off the infection.
If you have maggots crawling in your ear, go see a doctor!
The Doctors: Herpes Virus In Your Eye?
The Doctors then asked if you had ever woken up in the morning and felt a burn. They wanted to talk about the herpes virus, explaining that there are eight different types. There are cold sores, chicken pox, shingles, and mono, but it is most commonly recognized around the mouth and genital area. Did you know you can get the herpes virus in your eye?
The Doctors shared that there are over 50,000 cases of ocular herpes in the U.S. each year and it’s one of the leading causes of corneal blindness. The reality is that most eye infections aren’t herpes, and they wanted to explain how you can tell the difference.
The Drs TV: Eye Infections
Dr Dew Ordon started by talking about conjunctivitis, which is an inflammation of the clear coat covering that we all have over the eye. If it gets inflamed, it turns red, so-called “pink eye.” Other things besides infections can cause pink eye, such as irritations and trauma.
Dry eye may or may not give you redness, but it causes you to blink a lot and may happen more at the end of the day. The good news is that it doesn’t require antibiotics, but it would still be a good idea to see your eye doctor and possibly use eye drops. Sometimes omega oil supplementation can help lubricate the eye.
Finally, you could possibly get a stye on the eye, which can be painful and contagious. When you have a stye, you have a sweat gland or hair follicle that becomes infected, so it’s like a pimple on your eye. It’s best to treat with warm compresses every now and then. If it lasts for a while, your doctor may prescribe antibiotic gels or creams. The best thing for a stye is to not touch your eye. If it lasts longer than a week, see your doctor.
The Doctors: Ocular Herpes
Dr Stork said that while these eye infections may not be a true medical emergency, Ocular Herpes is. He said if you’re experiencing blurred vision, pain, and lesions around the eye, that’s concerning. If you see the doctor, the doctor will examine your eye and often see Dendritic Lesions, which are the hallmark sign for doctors that it’s ocular herpes. It needs treatment and can threaten your vision. It’s not an STD, so you shouldn’t be embarrassed.