'Salt and Ice Challenge' Causes Serious Burns
Unlike the Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised more than $100 million for ALS research in 2014, this internet craze—popular with young people in the United Kingdom—is a dangerous one. Kids and teens are rubbing salt and ice onto their skin and posting videos and images online in a competition to determine who can withstand the pain the longest.
Some videos linked to this challenge were posted online as early as 2012, but the practice continues today. Salt reduces the temperature of the ice to just 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit—cold enough to cause frostbite and second-degree burns.
The effects of rubbing salt and ice on the skin often are not noticeable until numbness and redness wear off; therefore, many kids don't receive medical attention until serious injury—including nerve damage in some cases—has occurred. Some injuries have been severe enough to require hospitalization.
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