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Is the 'deodorant challenge' the latest dangerous teen craze?

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(Meredith) -- There was the Tide Pod challenge, the cinnamon challenge, and now the latest teen craze -- the deodorant challenge?

The challenge itself simply involves spraying aerosol deodorant on your skin as long as possible. It can result in horrible chemical burns that can weep yellow pus for weeks. 

A Facebook post from last week has gone viral, drawing attention to the challenge. Graphic photos in the post show Jamie Prescott's teenage daughter with painful-looking burns on her arm. The caption says the wound is already 3 weeks old and may end up requiring a skin graft to heal properly.

Despite the recent Facebook post, the deodorant challenge is actually not a new craze. The Huffington Post reported on the trend back in 2014, citing teens in the U.S. uploading videos of the challenge to YouTube. There is also some question as to the scope of the challenge. The incident from the viral post took place in Yate, England, but there isn't much evidence showing that the challenge is popular anywhere else -- at least not recently.

Concerned parents can only hope this was an isolated incident and not indicative of a widespread trend. Needless to say, teens (or anyone else) should be discouraged from spraying themselves with aerosol products for extended periods of time.

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