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Man goes on vacation, returns home with a spider in his stomach

Talk about something getting under your skin.

After an innocent vacation getaway, an Australian man claims that a spider returned home with him – in his stomach!

Dylan Maxwell was enjoying  a 4.5 star hotel in Bali, when he noticed what he thought was a one inch scratch on his abdomen.

When it starting getting uglier, Maxwell visited a doctor at the Bali International Medical Centre who told the tourist it was an insect bite. He was given an antihistamine cream with instructions to rub it on the scar.

The next morning there was blistering around the scar.

Dylan Thomas

Maxwell described the feeling as “a very searing, hot searing burning sensation. It was like nothing I’ve ever felt before.”

After seeking a second opinion Maxwell was told that tropical spider entered his abdomen through a scar left from an earlier appendix surgery and began burrowing a trail inside him Reuters reported.

“Well, after running tests and putting things inside my stomach they finally found out it was a tropical spider that’s been living inside me for the last three days,” Maxwell posted on his Facebook page. “”Haven’t felt so violated in my life before! Just glad it’s all over.”

Dylan Thomas Spiderman

But, spider-specialists are skeptical, saying spiders cannot penetrate the skin.

‘If you look at a spider, the fangs, the mouth parts they have, they are not able to burrow. They can’t get through skin.” Dr Volker Framenau, an Archaeologist from the Department of Terrestrial Zoology in Western Australia, told The Age. Framenau said it’s more likely that it was a mite that burrowed in Maxwell’s abdomen.

Whatever the species, gross is gross!

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