Viral condom-snorting challenge is risky

Viral condom-snorting challenge is risky

Viral condom-snorting challenge is risky

The "condom challenge" sees youngsters snorting an unwrapped condom up one nostril, then pulling it from the throat and out the mouth. What could go wrong?

The condom-snorting trend follows several other unsafe online challenges including the cinnamon challenge, in which students try to swallow a tablespoon of dry cinnamon with no water, and the Tide pod challenge, in which students try to eat as many Tide pods as they can in a short period of time.

Stephen Enriquez, a state education specialist in the US, where the craze started, told KPMH: "These days our teens are doing everything for likes, views and subscribers".

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The condom challenge (which is not to be confused with a different challenge of the same name, from 2015, in which teens would fill condoms with water and drop them on their friends' heads) is not a new concept. Forbes asks why it's risky to inhale "an object made of latex rubber and covered in lubricant and spermicide", and digs up stories to make a parent shudder. They discovered that an oral-sex mishap caused her to inhale a condom into her lung, which led to its partial collapse. In a column titled "Condom Snorting Challenge: Why You Should Not Inhale Condoms". As Kens5 puts it, "There is a fine line between bravery and stupidity, but the line isn't so fine when people snort condoms".

While it sounds like an April Fool's joke, educators are warning about a "condom challenge" being spread online by YouTube videos and social media.

"Even if you successfully complete the challenge and pull the condom out your mouth, the bottom line is that it's incredibly irritating and a good chance it will wreak havoc on your sinuses, nasal passages, and upper airway", Glatter said.

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Some past video challenges, such as the "ice-bucket challenge", have helped raise money for charity, but others, such as "bath salt challenge" can be unsafe, The Washington Post reported.

The condom snorting challenge may eclipse the most recent viral video fad among teenagers, which involved eating brightly colored Tide Pods, reported The Washington Post. Most of the 152 incidents involving condoms - 107 cases, to be exact - were related to ingestion, according to the statistics.

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