A caution for smelly sock sniffers: desist lest your lungs become infected by fungal spores. This unlikely thing happened to a man in Zhangzhou, China according to reports.
A man has been hospitalised with a severe fungal infection in his lungs – believed to be caused by sniffing his socks at the end of each day.
The man, from Zhangzhou, in South-eastern China, would smell his socks after finishing work daily, it is reported.
He would return home from work and change into more comfortable clothes but would reportedly sniff the socks he’d been wearing all day.
As a result he is thought to have caught an infection from a fungus that had developed in his footwear from his sweaty feet.
This then spread to his lungs when he breathed in the spores, according to reports.
The man was admitted to hospital as an emergency case where an x-ray confirmed he was suffering from a severe lung infection.
Medics reportedly confirmed it was caused by his frequent sniffing of his own socks.
The 37-year-old man, surnamed Peng, would come home from his job in Zhangzhou, Fujian province and became obsessed with smelling his socks that he had been wearing all day.
Peng was treated and is expected to make a full recovery.
If you habitually sniff your smelly socks and have trouble stopping, consider this odd idea: you may be under the influence of a microscopic fungus overlord.
Will we discover one day that some human behaviors are controlled by microbes? What if all we do is… and we just don’t know it yet?
This is probably just science fiction, nevertheless, a good anti-fungal essential oil (clove, lemongrass, lavender, tea tree, Cassia, cinnamon bark, thyme, geranium, oregano and more) in a diffuser for a week may give you and your lungs a new lease on life.