The first time she went to a doctor because of the nosebleeds, she was told to come back if they continued, Liverani told BBC Radio Scotland. I've no idea how he got up there but he'd have got bigger and bigger from feeding on my blood.
That's when I realised he was an animal. Twenty-four-year-old Daniela Liverani, of Edinburgh, had been traveling in Southeast Asia, and thought the nosebleeds were due to a motorbike crash she was involved in, she told the BBC.
However, she soon noticed something was amiss: When I was in the shower, he would come right out as far as my bottom lip and I could see him sticking out the bottom of my nose. Share this article Share Miss Liverani, originally from Glasgow, said: 'Two weeks before I came home from Asia, I started having nosebleeds but I'd fallen off a motorbike so thought I'd burst a blood vessel.
Liverani told the Record : At one point, I could feel him up at my eyebrow. Originally published on Live Science. Liverani said she could feel something moving inside her nose, but she thought it was a congealed blood clot. For example, they study the special anticoagulant proteins leeches produce in their salivary glands that "allow them to feed on blood without turning into a brick after ingesting so much of it," Siddall said.
It's not known how commonly this happens to people, but there have been documented cases before, said Mark Siddall, a researcher at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Siddall said he knows of several cases in which people were not initially aware of a leech in their nasal cavity, but eventually found out because of "a sliding sensation in their nose or persistent bleeding, or the leech peeking its head out.