An apple a day does NOT keep the doctor away! Drag queen, 24, finds ‘year-old’ apple sticker buried in ear while removing wax
- Ellis Lloyd Jones, 24, from South Wales, found a Gala apple sticker in his ear
- The stand-up comedian hadn’t eaten an apple since childhood
- He saw the unexpected object with a small camera attached to an earplug
When Ellis Lloyd Jones cleaned his ears, he expected to discover a mountain of wax and hair.
So imagine his shock when he actually found a sticker of an apple.
The 24-year-old from Wales, who filmed his grim episode, admitted it was said to have been held there for “years”.
Mr. Jones, a drag queen, bought an ‘ear picker’ with a small camera attached to it.
While using it, he saw a white, round object lurking deeper in his ear canal, which he hadn’t expected.
Mr. Jones, who is also a stand-up comedian, pulled it out and discovered that it was a sticker of a Gala apple.
On TikTok, he shared a video of the stomach-churning discovery with his 200,000 followers.
Ellis Lloyd Jones, 24, from Treorchy in the Rhondda Fawr Valley, South Wales, found a ‘year-old’ apple sticker in his ear
In the video he said, “I bought this at the TikTok store a while back, it’s like one of those scoop-it-outy things for your ears to get the wax out and it also has a camera in it with a lamp.
“I just went there to see what’s in my ears and what I can get out. You see the usual laundry, you see hair and things like that.
“But I found something I don’t think you should find in your ear. Here’s a warning, you’re going to see something very disgusting.
‘So, here we are. Like I said, a lot of wax, a lot of hair, and then a white thing. A white thing there.’
Mr. Jones removed it from his ear before removing the wax and sticking the sticker on a piece of paper towel.
He said, “I haven’t had a Gala apple in years. So this from here has been on my mind for years.’
The clip has now been shared over 4 million times and viewers were baffled at how it had been hidden for so long.
One said, “This isn’t what they meant by an apple a day that keeps the doctor away.”
Mr Jones, a drag queen, bought an earpicking stick with a small camera attached
Another added: ‘I don’t know what I expected, but it certainly wasn’t.’
One of his followers asked, “How did that get in?” Mr Jones replied, ‘I can only assume I put it in when I was a kid.’
Getting something stuck in your head can be dangerous, causing pain, infection and even hearing loss.
It is most common in children, who may show symptoms of earache, moodiness, or crying.
Doctors do not recommend using devices such as cotton swabs or those used by Mr. Jones to pull objects out because they could puncture them further in.
Tweezers can be used if the object is easy to see and grasp, or they can be washed out with water.
If there is an insect in the ear, oil or alcohol should be used to wash it out – but, as with using water, only if the eardrum has not ruptured.
Bleeding, pus or other signs of infection mean medical attention is needed, and patients are advised to go straight to their primary care physician or emergency room.
Foreign Object in Ear: First Aid Print
A foreign object in the ear can cause pain, infection and hearing loss. Usually you know if there is something in your ear. But small children may not be aware of it. Children may have symptoms such as earache, moodiness, or crying.
If an object gets stuck in the ear:
- Know when to seek help. If there is any bleeding, severe pain, drainage, or signs of infection, see a healthcare professional immediately. Also seek immediate help if you know the object is a battery. And if you can’t see the object easily and you’ve tried to remove it more than once, stop and get help. Delays and many failed attempts to remove it can lead to infection and damage.
- Never poke or prick the object. If you use tools like cotton swabs or matches to pry an object out, they can push it deeper into the ear. This can cause more damage.
- Use tweezers. If the object is easy to see and grasp, gently remove it with tweezers.
- Use water. Wash out the ear canal only if you believe there is no hole in the eardrum and no ear tubes in place. Use a rubber bulb syringe and warm water to flush the object out of the canal. Do not use water to remove batteries, food or vegetable matter.
- Use oil or alcohol for an insect. If the object is an insect, tilt the head so that the ear with the insect is facing up. Pour alcohol or warm, but not hot, oil into the ear. The oil can be mineral oil, olive oil or baby oil. The insect should float out. Do not use oil if you think there is a hole in the eardrum or if ear tubes are in place.
- Never use liquid if there is a hole in the eardrum or if a child has ear tubes. If you see any signs of a hole in the eardrum, such as pain, bleeding, or discharge, see a health care professional right away.
Remember, if you can’t easily remove the object the first time, get help. Also see a healthcare provider if the person continues to have pain, discharge from the ear canal, trouble hearing, or feeling something in the ear.
Source: Mayo Clinic