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Have you tried the Condom challenge yet? Teens snorting poses health dangers.

Condom Snorting Challenge
Condom Snorting Challenge. Image via Youtube.

Sweeping social media is the condom snorting challenge which involves teens bidding for social media validation by snorting condoms through their nose and pulling them out through their mouths- but at what cost?

Also inspiring teens is latest social media trend, the Condom snorting Challenge which involves snorting condoms.

The ‘challenge’ which has been around for years which inexplicably has made a comeback (no reliable data is available to show actual incidence) is replete with videos of teens inhaling an unwrapped condom through one’s nostril and pulling it through one’s throat and out of their mouth.

The craze according to KABB-TV has led to health officials expressing concern, with the challenge posing serious risk of choking along with possible infection.

In one 2015 three-minute video cited by the dailymail, (see below) a teen unwraps a condom before unrolling and sticking it in his nostril. 

The youth is observed wincing as he closes the other nostril with his finger and inhaling the white rubber sheath up into his nose.  

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

Condom snorting challenge: But at what cost?

Dozens of other videos on YouTube also show other teens attempting the ‘dubious’ condom snorting challenge.

The craze has since led to Bruce Lee an associated professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, addressing the trend in an opinion piece for Forbes.

Offered Lee over the weekend, ‘When is using a condom a bad idea? When you are trying to snort it up your nose and pull it out through your mouth,’

‘Even if you manage to successfully pull the condom out through your mouth, inhaling a condom up your nose would be very uncomfortable and potentially quite painful.

‘Would it really be worth all that just to get more likes and views?’ 

Condom Snorting Challenge
Condom Snorting Challenge: Too much of a good(bad) thing?

Condom snorting challenge a history of disaster and off the back of other dubious trends:

Health experts have urged people to stop participating in the potentially dangerous trend. 

Snorting condoms is a choking hazard because the rubber could potentially get caught in a person’s airway and block their ability to breathe.

The spermicidal lubricant found on most condoms can also irritate the inner lining of the nose and cause allergic reaction or infection. 

Accidentally swallowing the condom could also lead to serious complications.

In one harrowing 2016 incident, a woman from Cameroon accidentally swallowed a condom and had to have it surgically removed from her appendix after it caused appendicitis.  

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

In one case, a 27 year old woman accidentally inhaled a condom during oral sex and experienced a persistent cough and fever for six months before her doctors identified the source of her problems.

The challenge has been around for more than a decade with YouTube videos dating back to 2007.

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

The trend follows that of the ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ which saw dozens of teens posted videos of themselves chewing and swallowing laundry detergent pods.

Health officials reported more than 40 cases of teens in 2018 alone getting sick from the highly concentrated detergent that can cause chemical burns when ingested.