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GP comes face to face with her worst phobia

Dr Suzanne Jordan faced up to one of her worst nightmares when she discovered a patient's 'tickly' ear was being caused by a spider living in it.

Dr Jordan has a morbid fear of spiders crawling into her ear while she is asleep so had to contain her squeamishness when she looked through her auroscope and discovered the arachnid.

Telling the patient she could see a 'bug', Dr Jordan, a GP in Cardiff, dripped cold water into the patient's ear, as advised by her local ENT department, to drown the spider.

But instead it emerged and she was forced to squash it. Only then did she tell the patient what had caused her tickle.

'I can't go to sleep if there's a spider in the room,' Dr Jordan said. 'I've still got the fear ­ if anything it's reinforced it.'

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