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The Deodorant Challenge: Dangerous New Playground Craze Sweeping the Country [VIDEO]

It seems like every week we find out there is a new game or a new challenge sweeping the country.  Each one is crazier or more dangerous than the one before.  The newest one is the deodorant challenge.  You let someone spray your arm with deodorant for as long as you can stand it.  The aerosol can burn your arm and possibly cause other problems.

 The craze involves kids spraying cans of aerosol on themselves at close range until it hurts, in an ill-advised test of endurance.

Kaitlyn’s shocked mum posted pictures of her daughter’s burns on Facebook after noticing the marks on her arm last week.

The post went viral and was picked up by the news media, leading the pair to be invited onto the ITV programme this week.

Asked to explain her actions, Kaitlyn told presenters Rylan Clark Neal and Alison Hammond: “My friends started doing it… it looks really cool because [your skin] goes white and makes a pattern.”

But Dr Ranj Singh told her the so-called “deodorant challenge” was not so harmless and could cause serious damage.

Dr Singh said: “What the deodorant does is cools your skin down really rapidly and essentially you get frostbite that breaks the skin down.

“Not only does that hurt and so you get problems with pain. It breaks the skin barrier down, it can predispose you to infection, it can damage the pigment – and that can be long-term.”

Dr Singh explained the craze can even increase the risk of serious illnesses like skin cancer.

He said: “When it’s really, really bad and the skin breaks down, you could end up with holes in your skin which are difficult to heal.

“Some people have required skin grafts – that isn’t common but it can happen.”

H/T The Sun

 

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