A British man woke up feeling like he had to cough up a "large phlegm ball" — only it wasn't mucus he eventually hacked up.
Speaking with GetWestLondon about the cringe-worthy incident, 52-year-old Phil Lyndon said upon closer examination, he saw what he coughed up was a 5-mm-long bug.
"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," Lyndon told the news website. "I then looked a little closer as I could see something brown in it and it was wriggling."
Feel free to release a collective "eww" at this point.
"I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and fished it out," he continued to GetWestLondon. "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 said he went back to the doctor to explain the situation and was referred to University College London's Hospital for Tropical Diseases where he had an X-ray. Fortunately, there no other bugs or issues.
As for the specimen, it was taken for identification by an entomologist. Lyndon told GetWestLondon he sent a picture of the animal to British Bugs, whose experts said it could be a mayfly nymph.
(H/T: Daily Record)
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