Doctors Finally Discover Man Constant Coughs And Throat Pain Due To Bug

UK graphic designer Phil Lyndon hacked up what he thought was a "large phlegm ball", but it turns out he coughed up a 5 mm-long bug.

Lyndon, 52, was amazed to discover what he coughed up was, in fact, a mayfly nymph.

Lyndon lives near the River Brent and likely inhaled the insect in his sleep, noted in a recent interview:

"I've had a bad cough for a little while and went to the doctors last Thursday. He gave me antibiotics and on Friday morning I coughed up what I thought was a big lump of phlegm into the toilet," states Lyndon.

He continues: "I then looked a little closer as I could see something brown in it and it was wriggling. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and fished it out.It had stopped moving by this point and I took a picture of it on my iPad. When I zoomed into the image I could clearly see that it was a bug."

Lyndon further says "I was alarmed that there might have been something alive inside my lungs and knew instantly that it was not something I could ignore. I went straight back to my GP who immediately referred me to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases. I hopped on a tube and went straight there with my referral letter and was seen immediately."

"They x-rayed my chest to check for any infestation which thank god was clear and took a blood test to check if there had been any changes due to the creature. Then they took it away to be looked at by a bug expert," he noted.

After the incident, Lyndon emailed a picture of the insect to British Bugs who said it was likely a mayfly nymph.

An entomologist with the website explained: "It looks like a mangled mayfly nymph missing most of its legs (and other bits)."

Source: Mirror
Photos: Mirror, Simon James/Flickr, Ian Alexander/Wikimedia Commons, Pixabay

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