Teenagers have moved on to snorting condoms rather than eating tide pods, according to a Fox News Monday report.
Just when you thought it could not get worse, teenagers decided to amp up the “Tide Pod Challenge” by trying out the “Condom Challenge:” sticking a condom up their nostrils, inhaling it then pulling it out from their throats, Fox News reported. This bizarre challenge is nothing new; the earliest recording of a person snorting a condom was back in 2007. However, the challenge went viral on social media in 2018.
This fad might be taking off on social media, however, it also reaps many health risks. A condom, comprised of latex, rubber and covered in spermicide, can damage the inner lining of the nose. Condom snorting can also block your breathing and cause you to choke, especially since the prophylactic is much larger than a nostril, according to Bruce Y. Lee, an associate professor of international health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in a Forbes column.
This challenge would “demonstrate to everyone that you have absolutely no proper judgment,” Lee wrote. “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.”
The previous “Tide Pod Challenge” first gained attention in January after teenagers posted videos of themselves eating the laundry detergent on social media. This fad was also dangerous since consuming these toxic materials can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, comas and death. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) treated 215 teenagers related to intentionally ingesting single packet laundry detergent since January 2018, according to the AAPCC’s website.