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03 April 2018, 03:00 | Louis Holland
Although the videos of teens attempting this challenge are being removed from social media when they are discovered, more continue to crop up nearly daily.
This fad might be taking off on social media, however, it also reaps many health risks.
"These days our teens are doing everything for likes, views, and subscribers", said Texas teacher Stephen Enriquez, who told a local TV station he has begun to add warnings about condom-snorting to his alcohol-and-drug-prevention tips for parents.
The latest social media craze entails teens making videos of themselves snorting condoms into their nostrils and pulling them out through their mouths.
The Condom Challenge is the latest unsafe teen trend that is hopefully not sweeping the nation.
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.
"A lot of people were just saying how stupid I was or how - why would I be willing to do that?"
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.
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On the heels of the Tide Pod challenge comes a very unsafe new craze on social media: the condom-snorting challenge.
A different "condom challenge" made the rounds back in 2015, involving videos of water-filled condoms being dropped on people's heads, drenching them, reported The Debrief. That led to a rash of poisonings, with 142 reported by poison-control centers in January alone.
According to CBS Affiliate KHOU, viral videos on YouTube have been circulating and shared thousands of times, showing teenagers and young adults "snorting condoms". Most of the 152 incidents involving condoms - 107 cases, to be exact - were related to ingestion, according to the statistics.
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