Sock sniffer gets severe lung infection

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/12/16 19:18:40

A man in Southeast China's Fujian Province goes to a hospital with a cough and chest pains on November 23. Source: Pear Video

A man in Southeast China who had a strange fetish for sniffing his own socks after work whiffed his way to a serious fungal infection in his lungs, media reported Friday.

The 39-year-old surnamed Peng initially went to a hospital in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province with a cough and chest pains on November 23.

Doctors initially diagnosed Peng with pneumonia. But after his condition worsened despite a week of treatment, further tests revealed it was a fungal infection.

That's when Peng informed docs of his dirty little habit - he enjoyed the bouquet of his own foot fragrance. "Every day after work, he would smell his stinky socks before washing," explained Mai Zhuanying, a doctor with Zhangzhou No. 909 Hospital's respiratory unit.

Mai said that his sock sniffing, combined with a weakened immunity system from lack of sleep because of his newborn, enabled fungal spores to develop into a full-blown pulmonary infection.

Social media users soon caught whiff of the news."Damn! I let my cat sniff my socks every day when I get home!" wrote "FuermoA."

Fungal pneumonia can be fatal if not treated in time, especially for those with weakened immunity systems, medical experts said.

Pear Video


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