The human body is a wondrous thing. But sometimes, it isn’t exactly easy to keep it clean, or healthy. Today, we’ve scoured the internet for stories about the most disgusting things people found on their bodies. And it gets pretty nasty.
But we’ve taken it a step further. We’ve also included some stories about things people found inside their bodies as well. These stories include everything from cockroaches to puss and dead octopuses to insect pearls. If you’d like to learn about some of the grossest things that have come into contact with or have come out of a human’s body, keep reading.
40. Bug Syrup
Technically this was in my body, so I think that makes it worse. When I was a kid, like 9-10ish, I would sometimes climb up on the kitchen counter, get the maple syrup, and just pour some of it straight into my mouth.
One time I did this and it felt oddly lumpy after the first swallow, so I took a closer look into the bottle. It was full of little cockroaches. I guess I forgot to put the cap back on last time.
39. The Spider Bite
I had gotten a spider bite on my right thigh and it got badly infected. Since I had no pain, I didn’t really notice it until it got hospital-bad. The doctor I saw was one of the worst/dumbest doctors I’ve ever met, but at least I was prescribed some antibiotics.
I went home and took a shower- after the shower, I laid on the couch and I started messing with the wound. Suddenly, it “popped.” Out came what was the color of pus but had a hard consistency, like a dry hard sponge. Once that came out, the bite proceeded to drain blood and liquid pus for the next few days.
38. Crotch Rot
I went to military school for a couple of years in college. I got the worst case of crotch rot you’ll ever see my first summer during training. The “shower” consisted of soaping up then standing in the water for less than a minute.
Sick call was at 4 am, so I didn’t go to the doctor and roughed it for the next six weeks of training. Luckily, I had a reorganization week in between training and the start of the academic year so by the time I got to see my girlfriend, I had cleared myself all up via three showers a day and many, many creams.
37. “Lyme Disease Be Damned”
When I was about 9 or 10 years old, I went to summer camp and found a tick in the dead center of my boob. To say I freaked out is a gross understatement.
I was a budding adolescent; I think my grandma got me training bras that year, and there was no way in hell I was going to alert a counselor, Lymes disease be damned.
36. Chronic Rot
As a kid, I had a chronic wart problem. They started popping up all over my hands and they were NASTY. I had “king wart” on my thumb; it was large, rough, and white with strange flecks of black and yellow. The rest were much smaller but angrier. The ones on my cuticles constantly bled, so my fingers were often bandaged.
Eventually, I started getting them under my nails too, and this felt like constantly having a bunch of crap stuck underneath your nails- like you scratched at the inside of a pumpkin or something. I had to get them frozen off multiple times. I distinctly remember one of the larger ones just sloughing off of my finger while going swimming once.
35. A Bad Butt
My butt is a disgusting place. It has skin tags and hemorrhoids, both of which make it very difficult to fully clean, and there’s frequent discharge.
Also, it needs monthly shaving. So when I get lazy, there’s all of that to deal with, plus a coat of fur. It’s just not a good butt.
34. Not A Zit
I had a zit on my back shoulder blade that was annoying me for a good three days, but because of where it was I couldn’t really look at it. On the third day, I was pissed off enough that I squeezed it without looking.
I got this intense piercing pain and I squeaked. Suddenly, all the pressure and pain stopped and I felt a huge sense of relief. On my finger, however, was this weird kind of grey looking bubble about the size and feel of a cooked pea. It was a cyst. I threw it in the toilet, peed on it, and flushed it!
33. Slug Love
A slug was just chilling on my Adam’s apple. I was doing some intense weed whacking with a commercial weed whacker on a wet, spring day. I was cutting back a lot of Horsetails and tall grass, so there was a lot of water spraying into my face.
When I was cleaning up at the end of the day, I noticed this black blob of slug that must have gotten flung at me. It was gross, but hitting dog poop would have been worse.
32. A Rock And A Soft Place
My boyfriend told me he was taking a shower one day and he said his butt felt weird. I was almost on the brink of tears because the guy isn’t usually so vocal about his butt.
He went to see what the deal was and stuck his hand in there as he performed his mini-exploration. He ended up scooping a little rock out of his bum.
31. Dust Mites, Where?
We lived in dorms at our worksite (a remote mine) and my co-worker figured he got sick because the pillows were filthy. He had an excruciating sinus headache for a week or two, and when days off came and he went home to see his family, all he could do was lie face-down groaning about his throbbing face on the floor to distract himself from the pain. So, he decided to go to the doctor.
The doctor showed him the X-ray and his sinuses were weird-looking, even to his untrained eye. It was solid white, like stuffed full of bone. The doctor then revealed that it was a bunch of dust mites! They usually like a dry habitat, so I don’t know what they were doing in a damp place like that. At least they were easy to kill with some special spray.
30. Tiny Little Suckers, Literally
Leeches. I found leeches on my body. They were about an inch long, seemed to have the ability to extend a neck from the gross, soggy snot-lump that was their “body,” and lived in a rainy, wet valley in Vietnam. They were everywhere! God knows what they ate when they couldn’t get humans, but just the scent and heat of us made them out for blood. Their bite didn’t sting, but you could feel it. They got into everywhere! Including your pants. Especially your pants. I’ve been groped by leeches in ways that even Donald Trump would find excessive and invasive.
The Army issued small, clear bottles of bug juice; God knows what was in them. But I loved the effect of that goop on leeches. It was like liquid fire. They curled up and raisined out – looked like they were burning up. It was very satisfying; you could almost hear them screaming. Served the little suckers right.
29. Right In The Eyeball
Years ago, I got a gnat in my eye while I was riding my bike and nearly ran into a truck trying to blink it out. I guess it went up inside the eyelid, so I thought it was gone.
A couple of days later, when it came out, it had grown a slimy pearl around it. Apparently, my eye was protecting itself from abrasion.
28. The Crater Layer
A staph infection that was possibly MRSA-related that I had for two years was the worst. And before anyone wonders why I didn’t go to the doctor, I did; she told me it was a bug bite (that’s why my knee was swollen three times its normal size). Also, I didn’t have insurance and my mom couldn’t afford the ER bills.
Anyway, I used to get cysts/boils on my legs. When they would come to a head and pop, the blood and puss that would pour out had the most horrible smell and the cores looked like white stones were stuck in me. I have some scars that are just a thin layer of skin with absolutely no tissue under them. They feel like craters.
27. A What In Her Bikini?
I was swimming in the ocean with some friends one day and a school of tiny fish swarmed us. We thought it was cool at the time and had fun with it.
Many hours later, when I removed my bikini top, a little dead fish flopped out from between my boob and the swimsuit. I’m still cringing.
26. MRSA Warning
About a month ago, I had MRSA abscesses on two different parts of my head; my left cheek near my temple, and my jawline kindof near my right ear. They were repulsive and the drainage was terrible. I had to go to the ER twice in two days because the first time they did nothing for me.
The second time, they made incisions. They drained for like two days. It was painful and there was tons of swelling. It was unsightly and I was miserable.
25. The Mystery Body Part
When I was about 15 years old, I felt a hard lump on the back of my right shoulder. It felt like a pimple that wasn’t ready to be popped yet. As time passed, it got harder but not painful. One day, while I was taking a shower, I felt the hard thing detach from my skin somewhat and was rolling freely.
Imagine a free-rolling eye in its orbit, because that’s what it felt like. It stayed like that for maybe a week until it came out when I was taking yet another shower. It was a shiny little ball, just like a pearl.
24. Can You Hear It?
Last summer, I was sitting on the sofa one night and felt an odd sensation in my ear. I thought an insect had crawled into my ear.
It turns out, that odd sensation was a clump of dried up ear wax. It was about half the size of a micro SD card.
23. Oozing Abscesses
A couple of years ago, I kept getting boils. Out of the blue, they just kept popping up. At one point, I had about eight of them on my torso and arms; one on my side had opened and was oozing the most disgusting pus. I could fit the end of a q-tip in it. There was a gigantic one in my right armpit that just kept swelling up. I ended up going to the ER because the pain was so bad plus I was running a fever by this point.
At the ER, I got to experience the lovely procedure of draining the large abscess. It’s one of the most painful things I’ve ever gone through. Part of me was a little sad I didn’t get to see what came out because I have a morbid curiosity; the other part wished I’d passed out.
22. A Brother’s Trash
My brother and I use to have bunk beds; I slept on the top bunk. He was morbidly obese for his age and would stuff all his food trash underneath his bed and in my mattress.
I woke up for school one day with a bunch of maggots crawling all over me. I screamed the house down and took what felt like the longest shower in the world. I’ll never forget that morning.
21. A Pocket of What?
I had an infection in my jaw and that meant my dentist had to do a root canal treatment. He drilled straight through the tooth and struck gold.
Or rather, a pocket of pus. I then had the world’s most awful stench emanating from my mouth. It was so disgusting that I almost threw up in my mouth.
20. The Uncomfortable Bump
I once had a big uncomfortable bump on my lip. I waited for it to rise more and when it did, I decided to pop it. Big mistake!
When I did, this solid white-ish yellow-ish mass in the shape of a ball came out. The diameter of it was about a third of a pinky nail.
19. Lost and Forgotten
Several years ago, I was on my monthly cycle and had more than a few glasses of bubbly. In my stupor, I forgot to remove my tampon before replacing it with another one.
It took me about three days to discover the lost item. Not only did it look horrific, but the smell was enough that I almost fell over.
18. The Mushroom Grower
My husband, boyfriend at the time, had a one-inch long mushroom growing between his big toe and his second toe. It was disgusting and incredible at the same time.
I can say how long it was because it was the same length as his toes. It had a little cap and everything. We joked that we should add it to the night’s dinner.
17. “Smelled Like Pure Death”
I had an abscess right above my hipbone, about the size of a .22 cartridge. I had health insurance at the time and everything, so I could have gone to the doctor, but it hurt so bad and the nearest not-shady hospital was 45 minutes away.
So I did the most obvious thing and squeezed it. I pulled the infected area nice and taut and I pricked it with a needle. The yellow-orange pus and blood that came out smelled like pure death.
16. The Fungus Among Us
Toenail fungus is gross. My wife got me new shoes and I wore them for three days in some extremely hot weather. I got an infection shortly after.
Apparently, it’s really common for shoes in storage to build up fungus; it’s just dark and damp enough for them to populate, but not really become visible. Add sweaty feet and it’s population boom time.
15. The Neck Booger
I’m out and about with my friend when he points out that I have something on my neck. I pick it off while looking in a mirror and see that it’s a giant booger.
I had blown my nose earlier and thought that nothing came out since the tissue was dry, but it must have landed on my neck instead…gross.
14. Just A Random Worm
I had a random coughing fit one morning and coughed up a decent-sized writhing worm of some sort. It was in the morning after a night of partying back when I smoked, so a coughing session in the morning was kind of expected, but this got crazy – I was with a girl so tried to play it down but had to spit and in the phlegm was said worm. I was freaked out but was also hoping for round two with this lady after breakfast, so I ground it into the pavement and kept walking.
I was in my 20’s, so did I the normal thing by pretending it never happened. It worked, but much later I found out I probably had a case of Ascariasis, aka Giant Roundworm, most likely from eating dubious meat in Tijuana.
13. Three Colors?!
I had the worst sinus infection about a year ago during the summer. My coworkers all felt super bad for me, seeing me in such pain.
My face hurt for a good week due to sinus pressure. I felt like it was finally about to leave and called my coworker over shouting, “This is it!” I blew my nose and a good 10 inches of red/black/brown mucus flew across into the tissue. My coworker threw up.
12. How Very Feline
I have no idea what came over me when I decided to pierce a certain region in my chest, but I did. I hurt a little and was healing fine, but something happened one day.
It was feeling irritated and sore for a couple of days, so I took the barbell out to wash the area thoroughly. A cat hair came out with it.
11. Cottage Cheese Curds
Once, there was this weird white bump on my shoulder. I am a huge clean freak about my body and will pick anything that shows up on my skin, just to get rid of it. This thing wasn’t inflamed like a zit, so I picked at it for about three days before it finally popped and this perfectly round, white chunk of something that was like the curds in cottage cheese came out.
It didn’t bleed and left a clean, pink hole in my skin that took a while to heal over. I have no idea what it was. But hopefully, it wasn’t any kind of insect egg!
10. It Was Almost Rancid
I had a boil or something on my stomach years ago. I didn’t know how it formed or why it made its home there, but it did.
I lanced it one day and the ooze that came out smelled so bad I almost threw up. It stunk up the entire dorm room for an hour.
9. Crawling Around in There
One morning when I was a kid, I woke up with some really bad pains in my ear. I tried getting whatever it was out with some q-tips, but that just made things worse. So, my mom gave me some pills for the pain, and I took a nap and waited for them to kick in.
I woke up an hour later, my ear still hurt, so I try again with the Q-tip. Still, no luck. All of a sudden, I feel something come out of my ear and crawl down my neck. I slapped my neck and when I looked, it was a spider. It still messes me up a little bit, thinking about it.
8. The Cyst Did What?
The craziest thing on my body was a cyst that I found on my bikini area that was so red and swollen, that it violently popped as soon as I bent over.
It took almost four minutes for it to stop oozing so that U could bandage it up. It didn’t actually look that bad, so I just carried on.
7. The Belly Button Rock
So one day I randomly put my finger in my belly button and it felt like there was something in there that was kind of sharp. I tried to get a better look and I just couldn’t. I was confident there was something there. I told a family member who thought I was being silly.
After a while of just not touching my belly button, I started to believe I was actually silly. A few months later, my new boyfriend tickled me and jokingly put his finger in my belly button and asked what the heck was in there. We got out some tweezers and he pulled a little rock out or something out of my belly button.
6. The Onslaught of Dead Tissue
In high school, I was bitten by a brown recluse spider (according to the doctor; I didn’t see what bit me). It happened on the underside of my forearm and started out red and painful. It was no big deal; I took my antibiotics and kept an eye on it.
Then came the pus. The doctor didn’t prepare me for the onslaught of dead tissue that was about to spew from my arm. After the bite “burst,” there was quite literally a small hole in my arm. That thing drained heavily for a solid hour (during my birthday dinner), then seeped for another day. It was fascinating and disgusting all at once.
5. There For How Long?
I had a hot date to prepare for one night and I was really excited about the girl I’d been talking to for a few weeks, at the time.
When I was getting ready, I found a spider in my beard. Like…IN my beard. I don’t know how long it was there, and I don’t want to know.
4. Noodle Beard
I returned to the UK after six months of living in China- I have a very thick beard, for context. Anyway, I got home, unpacked and decided to freshen up.
I had a shower only to find that there was a noodle in my beard. It was 19 hours of traveling with a soba noodle in my beard. Thankfully it didn’t show.
3. Tiny, Extra Booty Holes?
I have two pilonidal cysts in my pilonidal dimple (basically the very top of my butt). There are two little holes smaller than a pencil eraser that stuff builds up inside.
The doctor said to just keep an eye on them since they weren’t causing any issues. Every once in a while, I pull out some hair, but everything else usually comes out when I wipe, since it gets squeezed out.
2. An Extra Eight Legs
There was one time when my family went for a swim in the ocean, then swam in the pool near our condo’s building immediately after.
After the family left, my brother went for a swim. When he reached into his pocket while in the pool, he found a dead baby octopus.
1. The Dissection of Her C-Section
My c-section incision opened up about a quarter-inch and became infected. I was folding laundry and bent over to pick up a dropped sock and it felt like I peed myself. I went into the bathroom and realized that I was oozing infection.
It was simultaneously the most awful thing I have ever smelled and the most scared I had ever been. How my OB didn’t throw up when I showed up in her exam room, I will never know, but she took care of me and never once showed any sign of disgust.