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The 'Condom Challenge' Is as Gross as It Sounds (And It Has Some in the Medical Community Worried)


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“Challenge” fads tend to be dimwitted affairs -- but they rarely make us feel ill.

The “cinnamon challenge,” for example, is pretty stupid. But it’s also pretty funny:

Yeah, we laughed. Dangerous, but funny.

The “condom challenge,” on the other hand, is neither funny nor amusing.

What is the “condom challenge,” you ask? Simple: You snort a condom up your nose and put it out through your mouth.

“Videos of teens doing the condom challenge recently picked up with a YouTube post by one girl who completes the challenge,” CBS Detroit reports.

You can use your imagination or see people doing the “condom challenge” here -- but we’re not posting them on this site. It’s just plain gross.

“Beaumont Emergency Room Doctor Ammar Ali told WWJ’s Zahra Huber that fortunately he hasn’t seen any patients as a result of this trend– but he says the biggest concern in this case is choking,” the report continues.

“You are literally putting something down your nose, which connects to your mouth, which connects to your trachea,” Dr. Ali said. “I mean, you are risking choking on it.”

Dr. Ali added that most doctors advise parents to keep small children away from balloons because “if they pop they can sometimes go into the back of the throat and can cause a kid to choke.”

Although instances of people performing the mind-numbingly stupid trick date back as far as April, members of the medical community have only recently become aware of the trend.

“You are taking a whole entire condom, which is supposed to be very withstanding and putting it down your throat and hoping that essentially it doesn’t get lodged,” Ali said.

He advised teens to exercise “common sense.”

That ship may have sailed, doc.

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