'Cinnamon Challenge' Creates Danger

By KBJR News 1

'Cinnamon Challenge' Creates Danger

March 19, 2012 Updated Mar 19, 2012 at 2:09 PM CDT

Doctors warn that the internet sensation on YouTube, the cinnamon challenge, creates dangers, according to KSEE news.

There are posted You Tube videos of the 'cinnamon challenge' which show mostly teenagers trying to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon. Yet, swallowing the spice is basically impossible because there's not enough saliva to absorb it, according to KSEE.

But, doctors say that there are other dangers that lie within the cinnamon challenge, according to KSEE.

"It can cause you to gag right away, which then when you expel it, can get in the eyes, cause damage to the eyes, burning the eyes," Dr. Andrew Hertz says.

KSEE reports that Hertz says in extreme cases, the inflammation and coughing is so severe your lungs could collapse.

That's what happened to Fred Reed's daughter who stayed in the hospital for almost a week after doing the cinnamon challenge, according to KSEE.

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