Everyone has their own strange, idiosyncratic habits that are unlikely to make anybody any sense, but a Chinese person's inclination to personal daily madness proved to be a serious threat to his health.
The man in question, a 37-year-old Peng in reports, apparently had the strange habit of sniffing his worn-out, dirty socks every day after finishing his job.
Okay, that seems a bit unusual (and deterring) for the rest of us, but for each of them, right? Not correct.
Peng's weird tendency to examine his own foot odor seemed to him a harmless habit, but it turned out to be just the opposite.
Peng, who lives in Zhangzhou City, Fujian Province, China, was eventually hospitalized with severe chest pain, feeling tight in his chest while breathing, and coughing.
The doctors treated the patient on suspicion of pneumonia, but after the symptoms persisted – without improving his condition, further research by physicians showed that Peng had developed a severe fungal infection in his lungs. Only later, when the doctors interviewed Peng again, did they hear about his daily rhinitis ritual and realized that his diagnosis of a pulmonary fungal disease had been caused by the inhalation of fungal spores embedded in the damp fibers of his filthy socks.
According to local reports, Peng confessed to the doctors that he had become "addicted to smelling the socks he was wearing," and although it is difficult to prove that his unusual habit was the cause of his breast infection , the doctors concluded it was the most reasonable explanation – aggravated by lack of sleep, which could have impaired his immunity.
"The infection could also be due to the patient's lack of rest at home, as he had done [been] when he was leading his child to a weaker immune system," explained one of his doctors, Mai Zhuanying from Zhangzhous's 909 Hospital, Pear video.
After the infection was diagnosed, Peng was taken to the hospital and treated for this condition. Fortunately, the sock sniffer is expected to fully recover.
We can only hope that experience will help him rethink his funny habit – and maybe others will need time to rethink life choices as well.
After media reports of the infection had become viral on the Chinese social site Weibo, it became clear that Peng is not the only one who has a penchant for sniffing socks.
"Oh no, maybe I should stop sniffing my socks after wearing them for a whole day!" One user commented.
It sounds like a great idea.