A Bangalore woman's ear canal had an unwelcome visitor. Photo: YouTube

It is every arachnophobe’s worst nightmare.

A Bangalore woman awoke from a nap on her veranda with a mild headache and an inexplicable tingling sensation in her ear. Little did she know her ear canal had been invaded by an eight-legged creepy-crawly, the Daily Mail reported.

Lekshmi L tried to get at the source of irritation with her finger, but that only made it worse. When her headache intensified to the point that it was unbearable, her husband took her to Columbia Asia Hospital, where a doctor inspecting her ear canal was surprised to see a live spider lurking within.

Lekshmi was quoted as saying, “I was terrified as I could feel movement of a creature in my ear. The acute earache followed by sharp pains suffocated me. I couldn’t think of anything and was petrified when the doctor confirmed presence of a spider in my ear.”

The doctor put liquid in her ear canal to encourage the spider to crawl out.