Teenagers, who less than three months ago were ingesting Tide pods, are now snorting entire condoms. Apparently, the challenge has been around for about a decade but is making its way around again.
The “Condom Challenge” involves inhaling an unwrapped condom through one’s nostril and pulling it out of the throat through the mouth. This comes on the heels of the Tide pod challenge, which many have warned is damaging to a person’s health.
Bruce Lee, an associated professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, addressed the trend in an opinion piece for Forbes posted Saturday. “When is using a condom a bad idea? When you are trying to snort it up your nose and pull it out through your mouth,” he wrote.
In a three-minute video from 2015, one a teen unwraps a condom and unrolls it before sticking it in his nostril. He then winces as he closes the other nostril with his finger and inhales the white rubber sheath up into his nose. Seconds later he gags as he pulls the condom out of his mouth. Dozens of other videos on YouTube show the same disturbing process.
Snorting a condom isn’t just painful, it’s dangerous, 12 News Arizona reported. The nose is the opening to the airwaves, and there’s always a risk that when you snort the condom it won’t just come out your mouth but may get inhaled in the lungs, DC Inno reported. The spermicidal lubricant found on most condoms can also irritate the inner lining of the nose and cause allergic reaction or infection. Accidentally swallowing the condom instead of pulling it out of the mouth could also lead to serious complications.
“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,” said Lee. “Would it really be worth all that just to get more likes and views?”