'Condom snorting challenge': Experts warn of unsafe trend

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The latest challenge involves snorting a condom up one nostril, inhaling, and finally pulling it from the throat out the mouth.

A condom-snorting challenge gaining notoriety on social media is a bad idea that can cause medical problems, according to medical professionals.

Despite having been round more than a decade, the so-called "Condom Challenge" is making a comeback.

Newsweek reports that like most other Internet challenges this is not exactly new, "but rather a resurgence of something bored teens have been doing for years".

Stephen Enriquez, a drug and alcohol prevention teacher in San Antonio, told KABB-TV, "Because these days our teens are doing everything for likes, views, and subscribers", Enriquez told the station.

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According to Forbes contributor and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Bruce Y. Lee, sniffing a rubber tube up your nose and trying to pull it out of your mouth poses some serious risks, not the least of which is choking. The video has since been removed, but there are still dozens of others showing teenagers accepting the challenge.

The spermicidal lubricant found on most condoms can also irritate the inner lining of the nose and cause allergic reaction or infection. 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. The challenge is extremely unsafe and even caught the attention of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, which warned about the risks of social media craze.

Also known as the "snorting condom challenge" or "condom-snorting challenge", the fad actually dates back several years but has recently gone viral again, educators say.

Condoms are usually made of latex rubbery, and are covered in a lubricant or spermicide - which could be risky if inhaled or swallowed.

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