Burn Injuries From Viral Boiling Water Challenge Sending People To The Hospital

  • Burn Injuries From Viral Boiling Water Challenge Sending People To The Hospital

Burn Injuries From Viral Boiling Water Challenge Sending People To The Hospital

As medical practitioners across the United States would like us to know, tossing boiling water into the air and wincing as it falls on your face, is as risky as it looks.

"We strongly warn people to not perform the boiling water challenge", Sanford told the Chicago Sun Times.

It might sound exciting to conduct a mini science experiment by tossing boiling water into the frigid air and watching it instantly freeze, but there's a good chance you'll scald yourself in the process.

In a statement last week, Chicago's Loyola University Hospital said it had treated eight people who took part in the stunt, with varying degrees of burns to the feet, arms and head.

They show people in parts of the USA hit by the polar vortex and record low temperatures throwing hot water into the air and watching it turn to ice crystals in the freezing air. Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis also had a couple of people who were hospitalized as a result of the challenge gone wrong in recent weeks.

With large parts of the USA hit by a deep freeze last week, some took up the challenge to throw water in the air and watch it instantly turn into frozen vapour.

The burn victims included those who were just watching someone else do the challenge, which is usually filmed and posted to social media. Almost three-quarters of the population of the United States experienced temperatures at or below freezing; in Chicago temperatures plunged to minus 21.

"Or, people throw it in the air just as a gust of wind comes, and [the water] catches the wind and it blows it back on them - so we see some face scald injuries from that".

"When it's 20 below, it's a bad idea to have uncovered skin", said Dr. Jeff Schaider, chairman of emergency medicine at Cook County Health in Chicago.

Treatment depends on how severe the burn, he said.

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The spectacular frosty mist, as shown in tweets by successful challengers, is tempting to try, but don't get tricked.