Salt and ice challenge leaves severe burn on UK schoolboy's hand

The internet craze began years ago, with participants pouring salt somewhere on their bodies, and then pressing ice down on top of the area for a few seconds. Performing this stunt can quickly cause second and third-degree injuries similar to frostbite.

    2017/01/10

NSFW    SWANSEA, UNITED KINGDOM — A high school student in Wales took part in the internet craze known as the “salt and ice challenge,” and a photograph of his damaged hand is making the rounds on social media.

The salt and ice challenge involves placing salt somewhere on the body, and then using an ice cube to press down on the area for as long as possible. Doing this creates a burning sensation in the area, as the salt and the ice combined become significantly colder than the ice on its own, at -18°F (-28°C).

Once the participant finally gives up, initially they may feel an immediate numbing sensation in the affected area, meaning they’ve likely experienced nerve damage resulting from second- or third-degree burns, similar to frostbite.

The teen’s mother published the photograph of the skin burn to warn other parents of the dangers of this salt and ice challenge.
A schoolboy in Swansea, Wales burned nerve endings on his hand from participating in the salt and ice challenge. SOMERSET LIVE
A schoolboy in Swansea, Wales burned nerve endings on his hand from participating in the salt and ice challenge. SOMERSET LIVE
The internet craze began years ago, with participants pouring salt somewhere on their bodies, and then pressing ice down on top of the area for a few seconds. Performing this stunt can quickly cause second and third-degree injuries similar to frostbite. YOUTUBE / TMNTYLER
The internet craze began years ago, with participants pouring salt somewhere on their bodies, and then pressing ice down on top of the area for a few seconds. Performing this stunt can quickly cause second and third-degree injuries similar to frostbite. YOUTUBE / TMNTYLER
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