Yet another dangerous viral challenge is sweeping social media and like the “Tide Pod Challenge”, this one is just as cringe-worthy. The “Condom Snorting Challenge” encourages teens to snort an unwrapped condom through one of their nostrils until it comes out of their mouth—capturing the act on camera attracts attention to their social media pages, in hopes of likes, shares, comments, and subscribers.
This challenge could cause serious health consequences. “Anything that goes up your nose can damage the sensitive inner lining of your nose, cause an allergic reaction, or result in an infection," says Bruce Y. Lee, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in an article for Forbes. “The condom could easily get stuck in your nose or your throat, blocking your breathing or causing you to choke.”
Lee further supports his urgency to not partake in this challenge with two medical case studies that involve the accidental ingestion of a condom. Back in 2004, a 27-year-old was faced with pneumonia and a collapsed right upper lobe in her lung after accidentally inhaling a condom during oral sex. In a similar incident, a 26-year-old woman swallowed a condom—a piece making its way into her appendix causing appendicitis and a swollen organ.
This trend may be new to mainstream media, but videos of the “Condom Snorting Challenge” date back to 2013.
We warn parents to stay up-to-date with the latest viral video trends that have harmful consequences so that they can openly talk to their kids about not getting involved. Although not partaking in activities such as the “Condom Snorting Challenge” seems like a no-brainer, you can’t assume your child knows better without having a conversation—it could end up saving their life.