The Salt And Ice Challenge Is Back And You Probably Shouldn’t Do It

2 February 2017, 12:17 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

Salt and Ice Challenge Viral
Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

Apparently children find this funny?

It's been a while since the last completely outrageous viral challenge happened, hasn't it? Mannequin challenge, water bottle challenge, running man challenge, ice bucket challenge - they were all fun while they lasted. 

But one of them is making a big comeback and sadly, it's not one of the good ones. The 'Salt and Ice Challenge' is one of the most dangerous challenges that ever went viral. It originally started sometime around 2012, with many popular YouTube trying the the trend and it's suddenly back with a vengeance.

 

How does it work? You add salt to your skin and then place an ice cube on top. The reaction causes a burning sensation followed by a frostbite type reaction on your skin. Apparently, children think this is hilarious? Ok. But it's also VERY dangerous. If kept on your skin for too long, it can cause severe burns and frostbite which could lead to infection and in the worst case scenario, organ failure. 

 

The trend has recently reached schools in the UK where young children are inflicting severe self harm upon themselves thanks to the challenge. 

British Children's charity, NSPCC have been pretty concerned about the trend - particularly after one child was taken to hospital for nerve damage after participating in the challenge.

 

A photo posted by Devin Rodgers (@narutoofficial2) onDec 20, 2016 at 5:42pm PST

 

Do us a favour and do NOT try this trend at home. 

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