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. He would return home from work and change into more comfortable clothes but would reportedly sniff the socks he had 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. The man was admitted to hospital as an emergency case where an x-ray confirmed he was suffering from a severe lung infection. Medics confirmed it was caused by the frequent sniffing of his own socks.
According to a foreign report, the doctor said that the man's immune system had been weakened by staying up too late while taking care of a baby, getting very little sleep and as other factors as well. Foot fetishes have been known for many years but a fascination with socks is less heard of. Earlier this year, a 21-year-old girl in America revealed that she had attracted a person who was prepared to pay large sums for her sweaty socks.
While this may well be the first time where stinky socks have created a health problem, it is definitely not the first time where socks have been blamed for creating a public nuisance. In December last year, a man on a bus to Delhi was arrested for creating a public nuisance with his smelly socks.