So this is a real thing: Teens are snorting condoms

Condom snorting Why people should stay away from the latest fad. Creative Commons

The trend presents a choking hazard and other very serious health risks to the increasing numbers of young people who've tried it. YouTube is trying to pull any condom-snorting videos from its site in order to discourage the potentially choke-inducing trend, CBS4 reports.

The idea of threading a condom through your nose and pulling it from your mouth is not new.

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

The craze has since led to Bruce Lee an associated professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, addressing the trend in an opinion piece for Forbes. Condoms that aren't designed for oral sex can have lubricants on the outside that aren't meant to be ingested in large doses. 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.

Health experts have urged people to stop participating in the potentially unsafe trend. The practice could be risky to your sinuses and potentially life-threatening if the condom gets stuck in your throat. A condom, comprised of latex, rubber and covered in spermicide, can damage the inner lining of the nose. The person may also be swallowing some extra chemicals, too. In another, a woman developed appendicitis after a condom fragment became lodged in her appendix. In one case, a woman suffered a collapsed lung and contracted pneumonia after a condom went down her trachea.

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The challenge has reportedly been around for several years but has recently regained popularity.

One channel devoted to the challenge created in 2013 has more than 100 videos of people participating.

The condom-snorting challenge follows in the footsteps of the unsafe Tide Pod challenge, which came to global media attention in January 2018.

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Now teens are taking on an even grosser challenge in pursuit of Internet fame - and this one is making stomachs turn, as it is as disgusting as it is unsafe.

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