A Man in China Hospitalised After Sniffing His Own Socks Every Day.

Everybody has their own weird, idiosyncratic habits that probably don't make sense to anybody else, but one Chinese man's tendency for personal daily weirdness turned out to be a serious danger to his health. 

The man in question, a 37-year-old named Peng in reports, had apparently developed a strange custom of sniffing his worn, dirty socks every day after he finished work.

Peng ended up being admitted to hospital with a serious bout of chest pains, feeling tightness in his chest while breathing, and also coughing.

Doctors treated the patient for a suspected case of pneumonia, but after the symptoms continued – with no improvement in his condition – further examinations by doctors revealed Peng had developed a serious fungal infection in his lungs.

It was only later when doctors re-interviewed Peng that they found out about his daily sock-sniffing ritual, and realised his diagnosis of pulmonary fungal disease could have been caused by inhaling fungal spores embedded in the dank fibres of his dirty socks.

Once the infection was diagnosed, Peng was hospitalised and treated for the condition. Fortunately, the sock-sniffer is expected to make a full recovery.

After media reports of the infection went viral on Chinese social site Weibo, it became clear that Peng isn't the only one with a perverse predisposition to sock sniffing.

"Oh, no! Maybe I should stop sniffing my socks after wearing them for an entire day!" one user commented.“


It sounds like a great idea.