Condom snorting challenge poses health hazards



"Because these days our teens are doing everything for likes, views and subscribers", Stephen Enriquez, a state education specialist, told KPMH. "As graphic as it is, we have to show parents because teens are going online looking for challenges and re-creating them". A misdirected prophylactic "could easily get stuck in your nose or your throat, blocking your breathing or causing you to choke", he adds.

It may sound like a "Mad Libs" version of a '90s after-school special, but it is actually happening: Teenagers are snorting condoms on the internet.

Another woman developed pneumonia after accidentally swallowing a condom according to a report in an Indian medical journal from 2004.

The spermicidal lubricant found on most condoms can also irritate the inner lining of the nose and cause allergic reaction or infection. When not promptly and properly treated, according to the Mayo Clinic, the appendix can rupture.

Once you've watched someone inhale a condom through their nostril and pull it out of their mouth, it's a hard thing to unsee.

It seems a day doesn't go by without a new viral trend taking over our social media feeds.

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The condom challenge is just the latest in a string of unsafe viral challenges that can quickly gain steam on the internet, from swallowing laundry pods, to sticking a ton of cinnamon in your mouth (and potentially choking on that). It's not fake news-just old news. "No one should be putting anything like that in their mouths, you know?"

One channel devoted to the challenge created in 2013 has more than 100 videos of people participating.

Seconds later he gags as he pulls the condom out of his mouth.

The challenge has gone viral, particularly on YouTube, where thousands of videos of people - mostly teens but also some young adults who host channels on the site - snorting condoms have been posted.

They then share the video, generally on YouTube.

Some more recent challenges include the Tide pod challenge and the Carolina reaper challenge.

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