First, there was the ice bucket challenge and the Tide Pod Challenge. And now, another fad hops on the Internet challenges carrousel. Called the Deodorant Challenge, the latest thing to make teenagers go gag-gaga has already made its first victim in the United Kingdom, as a deeply concerned mother reveals.
Deodorant Challenged Sends UK Teen to Hospital for Surgery
Jamie Prescott, a Bristol resident and the mother of a 15-year-old daughter, recently posted a warning on her Facebook page.
As Prescott reveals, the role of her post is to raise awareness on an emerging Internet trend called the deodorant challenge.
The Bristol mom accompanied her post with graphical images depicted her daughter’s wounds.
According to the woman, this new fad involves emptying a can of deodorant on someone’s arm or leg.
It might sound silly, but the consequences of this action are far-reaching, as the University of Utah’s Health blog reveals.
The purpose of this challenge is to hold on as long as you can while someone sprays deodorant on you.
Normally, this wouldn’t be much of an issue, but prolonged exposure to aerosol deodorant can land you in the emergency room first-, second-, and third-degree burns.
University of Utah dermatologist David Smith declared that the pressurized gas inside a can of deodorant could severely damage the skin. Moreover, exposure to aerosol deodorant can actually freeze the skin, producing frostbite-like wounds.
Following her exploit, the Bristol teen is now forced to go almost every day to the local hospital for surgery. More than that, according to Prescott’s post, the child might require skin grafts.
Smith argued that the so-called deodorant challenge isn’t that new, the first cases being reported in 2015.
Prescott ended her post by saying that her daughter’s arm wounds haven’t healed even after three weeks of treatment.
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