Parents Warned of Alarming New Trend of Students Snorting Smarties Candies That Can Lead to Nasal Maggots

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk By Snejana Farberov, 19 January 2014

Parents in Rhode Island are being warned that their children could succumb to horrifying infestations of nasal maggots worming in their noses, internal bleeding and lung infections if they continue snorting Smarties candies.

Scary trend: YouTube is filled with videos showing children sniffing lines of Smarties powder through rolled up dollar bills and straws

Scary trend: YouTube is filled with videos showing children sniffing lines of Smarties powder through rolled up dollar bills and straws

The skin-crawling consequences of the unusual trend which seeks to imitate cocaine users seen on television, are caused by a condition called nasal myiasis – which occurs when flies lay larvae eggs inside the nose – attracted by the rotting candy rammed up inside the lining.

According to officials in Portsmouth Middle School, the trend is a ‘widespread phenomenon’ that has been sweeping YouTube in recent years and has involved over a dozen students in the area.

Parents have been warned to watch their children to see if they develop a tickling sensation inside their noses and ask them if they begin to smell a foul stench from inside their nasal passage.

Symptoms of nasal maggots are sneezing and a gooey discharge that can lead to mucus emanating from the patient’s eyelids – and in worse cases can lead to septicemia and serious infection.

A search of the YouTube has revealed hundreds of clips where kids are seen crushing the beloved round candies into powder before sniffing them.

The Smarties snorting trend is by no means a new phenomenon; some of the YouTube videos date back to at least 2007.

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