Man Lands in the Hospital After Sniffing His Own Dirty Socks

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I mean, if you’ve ever done the laundry of a teenaged boy, then you’re probably aware that the smell can get pretty rank, but hospitalization via stinky socks?

Read on, my friends.

A 37-year-old man from southeast China went to the hospital experiencing chest pains. There, he was admitted and given X-rays to determine the cause of his pain, as well as a cough he couldn’t seem to shake.

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It’s that time of year again when my laundry pile gets bigger because it’s colder and we have to layer up ? . It’s also the time of year when we have to cover our toes with socks ?? . Can you tell how excited I am about Fall and Winter?!? #summergirlforlife . Seriously though, Mom Friends, I need some recommendations on socks for boys. Ty wears out all the socks I buy him- so quickly! . I’ve tried Gap, Target, Hanes brands. What brand do you buy that holds up?

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The diagnosis? A fungal infection deep in his lungs.

It took doctors some time to deduce the cause, and they were only able to do so after the man admitted to a habit (addiction?) of sniffing his dirty socks after they’d just come off his feet.

Feet that, it turns out, were harboring a fungus. Which they then transferred to his socks. Which he then sniffed.

A fungal infection he’d developed on his feet was transferred to his lungs when he smelled his socks, taking in some of the fungal spores (microscopic particles that allow fungi to reproduce and disperse) as he did so.

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Last night I was eating some blue cheese so I scraped some of the “blue” parts and put them under my microscope. The blue color in blue cheese is huge masses of spores of the fungus Penicillium roqueforti, the species used to make various blue cheeses. This fungus in addition to various bacterial species give the cheese it’s distinctive flavor and odor. So many foods are enhanced by microorganisms! #bluecheese #bluecheeses #penicilliumroqueforti #penicillium #mold #moldspores #fungi #fungalspores #spore #spores #moldy #curiosity #neverstoplearning

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The questionable habit, combined with a weakened immune system due to life and parenting, contributed to the seriousness of the incident, according to doctors.

The patient had to spend some time in the hospital, but is expected to make a full recovery – as long as he can find a new hobby.

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Clean laundry piled on the end of my bed waiting to be folded and put away (with donation bags on the floor in the background). . I took advantage of the hot sun this morning and got this stuff dried in an hour. . #housework #laundrypile #cleanlaundry #cleanlaundrypile #magicinthemundane #everydaylife #thelittlethings #findinginspiration #findingmoments #mundanemoments #hashtagauthenticbook #hashtagauthentic

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Like, literally anything else.

Parents of teens, be warned – maybe don’t breathe in at all while dumping that laundry in the machine. You never know what’s in there.