Have you tried the Condom challenge yet? Teens snorting poses health dangers

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The biggest health risk the challenge poses, experts say, is that it's a choking hazard.

Teens are reportedly participating in a viral "condom challenge", which involves snorting a condom through the nose and pulling it out through the mouth.

The years-old unsafe dare has resurfaced in recent days as the latest perverse, potentially life-threatening internet challenge.

"Because these days our teens are doing everything for likes, views and subscribers, " Enriquez added.

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This isn't the only risky challenge teens are attempting, as the "Tide Pod Challenge" made headlines in January for putting laundry detergent pods in their mouth, or cooking them and then eating them.

There are actually cases of "accidental condom inhalation" in the medical literature.

The condom challenge is just the latest in a string of unsafe viral challenges that can quickly gain steam on the internet, from swallowing laundry pods, to sticking a ton of cinnamon in your mouth (and potentially choking on that).

It should go without saying, of course, that snorting condoms is risky. Condoms that aren't designed for oral sex can have lubricants on the outside that aren't meant to be ingested in large doses.

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Other than 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", Dr. "Would it really be worth all that just to get more likes and views?".

However, there have not been any official statistics on how many have taken up the condom-snorting challenge.

Unlike risky decisions in which the intent is to get high, these social media challenges are considered games that are created to get attention online. Eventually YouTube started flagging videos that showed up regarding the challenge. In 2014, a teenager intentionally inhaled the prophylactic, according to data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

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