The "Condom Snorting Challenge" Is Even Worse Than It Sounds
- Author: Aubrey Nash Apr 03, 2018,
Apr 03, 2018, 2:57
Also known as the "snorting condom challenge" or "condom-snorting challenge", the fad actually dates back several years but has recently gone viral again, educators say.
Despite having been round more than a decade, the so-called "Condom Challenge" is making a comeback.
On the heels of the Tide Pod challenge comes a very risky new craze on social media: the condom-snorting challenge.
"You are literally putting something down your nose, which connects to your mouth, which connects to your trachea", Dr. Ammar Ali, an emergency room physician at Beaumont Health, told CBS Detroit.
Like other viral fads, this one has been around for years but is just now catching fire on social media, mostly via YouTube.
Stephen Enriquez, a state education specialist in the U.S., where the craze started, told KPMH: "These days our teens are doing everything for likes, views and subscribers".
The wrappers are removed before teens try the new challenge. "The condom could easily get stuck in your nose or your throat, blocking your breathing or causing you to choke", Lee wrote. Plus, if things don't go as planned and you end up swallowing the condom instead of pulling it out of your mouth, it might end up in your stomach or you could inhale it into your lungs and develop bronchitis or pneumonia. "Would it really be worth all that just to get more likes and views?" A condom, comprised of latex, rubber and covered in spermicide, can damage the inner lining of the nose.
The trend isn't new - the first example of the condom challenge is from 2012- but it appears to be experiencing a resurgence.
There were 39 such reported cases involving teenagers in 2016.