The Viral Condom-Snorting Challenge Is Exactly as unsafe as It Sounds

The Viral Condom-Snorting Challenge Is Exactly as unsafe as It Sounds

Ronald Pratt
April 3, 2018

It's been a few months since people have stopped posting videos of themselves eating Tide laundry detergent pods, so now it's time for a new disturbing viral trend: the "condom snorting challenge".

According to USA Today, the condom challenge involves snorting the condom, then pulling it from the throat out the mouth.

Can we just go back to the ice bucket challenge or something?

The condom challenge is going viral as the most recent life-threatening internet challenge. While the shock factor of shoving something up your nose and pulling it out of your mouth might make for a viral video, the risks involved aren't worth any number of likes and views.

"You are literally putting something down your nose, which connects to your mouth, which connects to your trachea", Dr. Ammar Ali, an emergency room physician at Beaumont Health, told CBS Detroit. So, that's what we try to share, " Stephen Enriquez, a state education specialist in San Antonio, told Fox affiliate KABB.

Now teens are taking on an even grosser challenge in pursuit of Internet fame - and this one is making stomachs turn, as it is as disgusting as it is risky. They discovered that an oral-sex mishap caused her to inhale a condom into her lung, which led to its partial collapse.

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Snorting condoms may not just be a painful experience as they also could get stuck in the nasal cavity or throat, USAToday reported.

"Otherwise, anything else that goes up your nose can damage the sensitive inner lining of your nose, cause an allergic reaction, or result in an infection", he said.

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.

The challenge has been around for a while, but according to new reports, it has made a comeback on social media.

There were 39 such reported cases involving teenagers in 2016.