'Condom snorting challenge': Experts warn of unsafe trend

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Another disturbing viral video challenge, "the condom snorting challenge".

Just when you thought it could not get worse, teenagers made a decision 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.

The condom snorting fad follows a recent trend of people eating Tide Pods and encouraging or daring others to do the same.

Can we just go back to the ice bucket challenge or something? Typing the Condom Challenge into YouTube will leave you with an array of videos of young people snorting condoms up their nose. 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.

KHOU says that while ingesting Tide can be poisonous, the most likely result from putting a condom up your nose is throwing up whatever you ate for dinner.

It seems a day doesn't go by without a new viral trend taking over our social media feeds.

A risky trend among teens is causing concern among the medical community.

Mr Stephen Enriquez said in the KABB report: "These days our teens are doing everything for likes, views and subscribers".

What is the condom challenge?

A misdirected prophylactic "could easily get stuck in your nose or your throat, blocking your breathing or causing you to choke", he adds. A report published in 2004 in the Indian Journal of Chest Diseases and Allied Sciences detailed an "accidental condom inhalation" in which a 27-year-old woman unintentionally sucked a condom down her throat and into her lungs during oral sex. A condom, comprised of latex, rubber and covered in spermicide, can damage the inner lining of the nose. Eventually YouTube started flagging videos that showed up regarding the challenge.

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