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New viral fad to stay away from: Condom snorting

| Monday, April 2, 2018, 12:27 p.m.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A so-called “condom snorting challenge” is a reemerging viral trend among teens.

A number of teenagers are taking to social media as part of the “Snorting Condom Challenge,” according to a report in Forbes .

The trend itself is not new, but is making a comeback. In videos, a person puts a condom up a nostril and inhales until the condom comes out of his or her mouth.

The challenge could be dangerous, according Bruce Y. Lee, a Forbes contributor and associate professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Lee wrote in a column that with the exception of doctor-prescribed nasal sprays, “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 a condom could becomes stuck in the nasal cavity or the throat and cause someone to choke.

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