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    The 29-year-old woman had no idea why her eye was swollen shut. She was in unbearable pain and could not stop tearing up. The Taiwanese woman said she was confused about why an issue she thought was an infection kept getting worse, CTS News reported.

    But when the woman, identified by her surname He, received treatment at Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan, doctors didn’t find a bacterial infection. While looking at He’s eyes through a microscope, Hung Chi-ting, the hospital’s head of ophthalmology, witnessed something he hadn’t seen before.
    Insect legs were wiggling from one of her eye sockets.
    He yanked out a small bee, known as Halictidae, or a “sweat bee.” And it was alive.
    The doctor wasn’t done. Soon he extracted a second sweat bee. And a third.
    And, finally, a fourth bee was pulled from the woman’s eyelid.
    Craving salt, the bees had been feeding off He’s tears, the doctor said at a news conference last week, later describing the odd medical diagnosis as a “world first.” The insects had made a new home under He’s eyelid — that is, until they were all removed alive.


    “I saw something that looked like insect legs, so I pulled them out under a microscope slowly, and one at a time without damaging their bodies,” Hung said, according to Business Insider Singapore.
    So how did sweat bees end up camping out in a woman’s eye? He suspects it all started the previous day. As He recounted in the news conference, she was taking part in the Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day.
    “I was visiting and tidying a relative’s grave with my family," He recently told reporters. “I was squatting down and pulling out weeds.”
    As CTS News reported, He said she felt something get in her eye. Thinking it was only dirt, she cleaned her eye out with water and did not rub her eyes much for the rest of the day. She didn’t think much of it until her eyes began to swell up that night and she experienced a stinging pain that made her tear up.
    It would have been very likely for sweat bees to be around He at the time, Hung told reporters, as they tend to nest near graves and in the mountains.
    At the hospital the following day, when Hung discovered that the sweat bees were feasting on He’s tears, the doctor was relieved that the woman, who wore contacts, had not rubbed her eyes excessively when the pain worsened, Hung told the BBC. If she had, it could have worsened her inflamed cornea or potentially led to blindness, Apple Daily Taiwan and other media outlets reported.

    Matan Shelomi, an associate professor of entomology at National Taiwan University, told The Washington Post that he had never heard of sweat bees infesting a person before the recent incident.
    “To my knowledge, this is the first case of a bee or a wasp getting caught in a part of a person’s anatomy, as far as I know,” he said. “I’m sure the sweat bees got by the eye and got squished between the eye and eyelid. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
    In addition to needing pollen and nectar like other bees, Shelomi said, sweat bees, which are dark-colored and metallic, will occasionally need salt to supplement their diet. A study this month from the Kansas Entomological Society found that sweat bees also look to tears as a protein source.
    “They don’t seem to be bothered by people, so they will go to any source of salt," Shelomi said. "I think they’re kind of dumb if they come to humans for their salt. They haven’t figured out what we are.”


    While there are more than 1,000 species of sweat bees in the United States, Canada and Central America, according to Terminix, they are almost painless and sting only when they are provoked. On the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, a scale of relative agony caused by sawflies, wasps, bees and ants, the sweat bee comes in at the lowest level of pain. Described by the index as “light, ephemeral, almost fruity,” the puny sting is compared to “a tiny spark [that] has singed a single hair on your arm.”
    “She couldn’t have asked for a better bee to sting her in her eye,” Shelomi said.
    He was discharged and is expected to make a full recovery, KRON-TV reported. The bees are still alive, Hung told the BBC, and will now be studied.
    “This is the first time in Taiwan we’ve seen something like this,” the doctor said.
    Even though the case is probably the most unusual he’s heard about in his time studying entomology, Shelomi emphasized that what happened at the gravesite in Taiwan was a fascinating but not worrisome “freak occurrence.”
    “The woman will be fine. The bees will be fine,” Shelomi stressed. “This is not something that people need to concern themselves with. I don’t expect we’ll ever see it again
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    I didn't need to know this. I don't need to now start worrying if there is a hive in my eye.
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    This is literally my worst nightmare.
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    Can't stop shuddering.
    I am going to come and burn the fucking house down... but you will blow me first."

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    Sweat bees, I mean where do they come from? I was just getting over the giant Asian Hornets...
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    But...but...HOW the fuck...it's an insect, and not like a gnat or mosquito it's a BEE. In your EYE.

    I don't understand.

    &***I just re-read this and it was 4--FOUR!--bees in there. Wtf.

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    *hyperventilating*

    😨😱😳🙀

    How does one not know when there’s something in their eye?! I can get a microscopic eyelash in mine and I feel it Immediately.
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    ^^^This...my lashes are unnaturally long and every now and then I get jabbed in my eye with one.
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    How big were the bees?
    The worst thing that gets in my eye, is a very fine piece of lint, that partly attaches to my lash, then the other part in my eye. I have to carefully lift my lid, and pick it out with a fine tipped tissue. I can’t always see it, or get it.
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    I had to look it up and it turns out they are super-small: 3 to 4 mm. So kind of makes sense but still. Damn.

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    One of the worst. nightmares. EVER.

    Slightly off-topic .... because I watch Dr. Pimple Popper and all of her clones on YouTube, I sometimes get some weird videos that come up in my feed. Welcome to some of my current nightmares, bot fly larvae being removed from humans (all creatures can get them, but it's not a common thing for humans, at least not in developed worlds like the US):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg_ajxHJtnk

    I don't know if they shot her up with sedatives or she smoked a whole bag of weed before she allowed this doctor to remove these relatively giant things out of her flesh, but if it was me, they'd have to strap me down to a gurney and forcibly remove them before I took fingernails, hell even knives, to my own flesh to get them out, because OH MY GOD! In fact, you might as well keep me away from electric saws because I might try to saw my freaking limbs off. You can get these by a mosquito that's carrying the larvae, I read that someone got them from laying down in a pig sty or cow pasture or some weird unsanitary thing, and all kinds of different ways. It's painful, especially as they grow and then try to dig their way out of under the skin.

    Here's another: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Jv3RWUwMzM
    A compilation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRLapJyyoOE (and please tell me that I'm not the only one even more horrified by all the people with their bare hands touching these MAGGOTS!!)
    Tons and tons in poor puppies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiy8GJHlozA (these are mango worms, but I think they are either the same or closely related to the bot fly; I don't think all of the puppies made it, I couldn't finish it)

    All of these remind of me of an old photoshopped picture of a breast with a lotus seed pod superimposed over it. It had been viral on the internet years ago but it was definitely found to be photoshopped. Knowing that it's fake does not stop me from being deeply disturbed by the picture. I still have nightmares about it sometimes. Only click if you can handle it: https://www.reddit.com/r/trypophobia...east_old_hoax/
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    ^^ I refuse to click on even 1 link...

    Your description is enough to scare me

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    Trypophobia is another thing. It’s a phobia that is not recognized as a mental heath issue even though lots of people claim it is. It’s the fear of holes, bumps in a pattern (like a lotus seed pod, sponges). Even though I’m disturbed by all the things in my last post, it’s not because it’s a ton of holes, it’s because they’re BUGS in your SKIN (or in the case of the photoshopped pic, the implication of bugs). The last link comes from a trypophobia subreddit.
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    Seeing the lotus seed pod photo many years ago is what made me realize I had OCD...couldn't shake the image from my brain. My then shrink confirmed it.
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