In January, a crazed trend quickly went viral as teens were eating or otherwise consuming laundry detergent via Tide Pods. The viral sensation produced videos of teenagers “cooking” the Tide pods in a pan, before the person would then bite into it. Just a few months later, teens have found another disturbing new trend: snorting condoms.
As Fox News reports, teens are “taking on an even grosser challenge in pursuit of Internet fame” and the “challenge” is dangerous and disgusting.
Per the report, “The latest challenge involves snorting a condom up one nostril, inhaling, and finally pulling it from the throat out the mouth. Like other viral fads, this one has been around for years but is just now catching fire on social media, mostly via YouTube.”
This is not the first time teens have taken up the challenge of snorting condoms as some reports say the trend originated in 2012, some other reports say the trend began in 2007. Either way, the “challenge” is recently beginning to re-surface and is receiving attention online.
Per the Daily Caller:
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.”
Lee then described the affects of what happens when people put items through their nasal cavity. A person putting an item, such as a condom, into their nose “can damage the sensitive inner lining of your nose, cause an allergic reaction, or result in an infection.”
“The condom could easily get stuck in your nose or your throat, blocking your breathing or causing you to choke,” he added, via Fox News.
USA Today reiterates the importance of parents knowing and preventing their children from replicating the viral trend:
In San Antonio, Stephen Enriquez, who teaches drug and alcohol prevention to parents, has also started to teach parents about dangerous online trends like the condom snorting challenge, KABB-TV reported.
“Because these days our teens are doing everything for likes, views, and subscribers,” Enriquez told the station. “As graphic as it is, we have to show parents because teens are going online looking for challenges and recreating them.”
BizPac Review reports the previous “Tide Pod challenge” resulted in more than 200 cases of teenagers receiving treatment:
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.
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Great, snorting condoms… because eating Tide Pods is so February. How does this become a thing? https://t.co/nAGFfegF4Y
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 2, 2018