Here is a story of 37-year-old Chinese national’s Bizarre, Peng who had a habit of smelling his own smelly socks every day after coming back from work. This has end up in a severe fungal infection in his lungs. He was admitted to the Zhangzhou hospital in Fujian, China when he started to cough badly and experiencing excruciating chest pains.
It was reported by Daily Mail, that he had admitted to the doctor as he had an addiction to smell the smelly socks.
Peng caught the infection from a fungus that had developed on his feet because of this weird addiction, and the fungal spores made their way to his lungs after he inhaled them while sniffing his smelly socks.
According to Dr Mai Zhuanying, as quoted by Daily Mail,
“The infection could also be attributed to the patient’s lack of rest at home as he had been looking after his child, which lead to a weaker immune system.”
He was immediately treated for his infection and hope he’ll recover soon.
As he has a long day of stressful and tiring work, the habit might have developed as a way for him to calm himself. So, you should remember to choose a better way to deal with stress that isn’t harmful to your health.