Health officials warn against "Boiling water challenge"

Health officials warn against

Health officials warn against "Boiling water challenge"

No matter how cold it gets this weekend we do not recommend throwing hot water in the air.

The boiling water challenge might appear to instantly turn the water to clouds of steam, but in fact, those clouds are made up of tiny ice crystals.

Boiling Water challenge sends 8 to hospital, sparks warning against risky trend Burn doctors are urging people not to participate in the "Boiling Water Challenge" after eight participants were hospitalized after attempting the viral trend.

So far eight people have been hospitalized at the burn center of Chicago's Loyola University Medical Center because of having "thrown caution to the wind", center spokeswoman Chris Vicik said.

They had injuries to their "feet, arms, hands, face, and varying degrees of burns, as well", she said.

The hospital said that those injured ranged from 53 to three years old, and included bystanders watching another person perform the challenge.

It recording a low temperature of -38C (-36F) on Wednesday with a wind chill factor of -48C (-55F).

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"We've seen eight patients, and we're really surprised at how many people were trying the challenge and unfortunately failing", said Dr. Arthur Sanford, a Loyola University Medical Center burn surgeon, reported CBS Chicago.

That's also what they're finding at Hennepin Healthcare, said Angie Whitley, the clinical care supervisor in the hospital's burn center.

"The gamut runs from essentially being burned from hot liquid to being exposed to the cold air", he said. Some of those who suffered from burn injuries were just watching the stunt.

Every winter we see the videos of people throwing water into super cold air, where it instantly freezes.

Bottom line: If you want to be wowed by the science and spectacle of the boiling water challenge, watch a video.

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

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