Published: Tue, April 03, 2018
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Condom challenge: All you need to know about the social media trend

Condom challenge: All you need to know about the social media trend

According to Dr. Bruce Y. Lee, associate professor of International Health at Johns Hopkins, a condom could become stuck in the nasal cavity or throat, and could cause choking.

Lee pointed to two medical case studies involving condom mishaps. 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. When not promptly and properly treated, according to the Mayo Clinic, the appendix can rupture.

Despite the health hazards, teens are jumping on the latest craze to get more attention on social media, news station KABB-TV reported. Would it really be worth all that just to get more likes and views?'

This fad might be taking off on social media, however, it also reaps many health risks.

Unlike unsafe decisions in which the intent is to get high, these social media challenges are considered games that are created to get attention online.

We concur. Let the record show that while we pooh-pooh the media's claims that condom snorting rises to the level of a "trend", we urge anyone tempted to try it to think hard about the possible consequences, which could, in fact, be dire. Although the first isn't exactly a good idea, the second is the one that poses a choking hazard, and is now raising major health concerns.

Some past video challenges, such as the "ice-bucket challenge", have helped raise money for charity, but others, such as "bath salt challenge" can be risky, The Washington Post reported.

But over the past five years, US poison control centers have received only one report of a condom inhalation. That stunt, dubbed "The Tide Pod Challenge", resulted in poison centers reporting 142 incidents just in January, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).

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