Published: Tue, April 03, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Condom snorting challenge poses health hazards

Condom snorting challenge poses health hazards

Yeah, you read that right - viral videos are making the rounds on the Internet right now showing teens all over the world taking part in a so-called "condom snorting challenge", and it's stupid-dangerous!

According to USA Today, the condom challenge involves snorting the condom, then pulling it from the throat out the mouth.

Move over Tide Pods: another idiotic challenge is gaining popularity online.

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.

Health authorities warn that the new "game" poses a real risk and can kill. Then what? You reach back and pull it from your mouth.

However, the challenge went viral on social media in 2018.

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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.

Anything that goes up one's nose "can damage the sensitive inner lining of your nose, cause an allergic reaction, or result in an infection", wrote Bruce Y. Lee, associate professor of global health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in a column for Forbes.

He also said the condoms could cause allergic reactions and result in infections.

Google Trends shows a sharp spike in the search term "condom snorting" in late March, with a hundred searches in the past week. A report published in 2004 in the Indian Journal of Chest Diseases and Allied Sciences detailed an "accidental condom inhalation" in which a 27-year-old woman unintentionally sucked a condom down her throat and into her lungs during oral sex. Would it really be worth all that just to get more likes and views?' YouTube has since removed that video, but a summary from The Young Turks can be viewed below.

There were 39 such reported cases involving teenagers in 2016.

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