It seems like only yesterday that they were chowing down on Tide pods in a quest for internet notoriety, but now they have found a new and bad viral trend to focus their social media presence on: The Condom Challenge.
Google Trends shows a sharp spike in the search term "condom snorting" in late March, with a hundred searches in the past week.
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. This weird challenge is nothing new; the earliest recording of a person snorting a condom was back in 2007.
The condom-snorting challenge follows in the footsteps of the risky Tide Pod challenge, which came to worldwide media attention in January 2018.
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As gross as it is, the challenge is also unsafe, with the condoms getting stuck in people throats and blocking their airways.
Teens are snorting condoms as part of a viral challenge that has made a comeback.
A 2004 report from India tells of a 27-year-old woman who gave oral sex to a man wearing a condom, swallowed it into her lungs, blocked an airway, came down with pneumonia, and suffered a partial lung collapse. Anything other than air or medicines as advised by a doctor that you put up your nose "can damage the sensitive inner lining of your nose, cause an allergic reaction, or result in an infection", according to Lee. 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.
Condoms are usually made of latex rubbery, and are covered in a lubricant or spermicide - which could be unsafe if inhaled or swallowed.