Boiling Water Challenge is Sending Many People to Emergency Room

Ice covers the Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago on Jan. 30 2019

The stunt, during the so-called polar vortex, has gone viral - and while it may look like an interesting science experiment to create clouds of steam, several people ended up in hospital as the wind blew the boiling water back on them.

The burn centre at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago said it treated eight people who attempted the exercise. These individuals had injuries in the feet, face, arms, and hands and have varying degrees of burns. The University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center in Iowa City has also opened its doors to the socially inept movement - where a couple of people were treated in "recent weeks".

It's not just the people throwing the water who are getting hurt. Some of those who suffered from burn injuries were just watching the stunt.

Whitley said they also saw face scald injuries in people who threw boiling water in the air but the wind blew back the hot water on them.

A breakdown in the polar vortex, which normally circulates strong winds around the northern pole, sent that icy blast southward in the past couple of weeks.

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A man walks along an ice-covered break-wall along Lake Michigan while temperatures were hovering around -20 degrees and wind chills nearing -50 degrees on January 31, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

Having any bare skin in weather that cold is its own problem, because it poses a risk of frostbite. He throws a pan of boiling water into the air but it drifts onto his leg, scalding him.

Hundreds have posted photos and videos under the hashtag #dubakchallenge - showing people throwing the boiling water up which instantly condenses into an elaborate pattern of ice crystals. "That's a bigger risk, actually". "There is no safe way to do it", said Loyola burn surgeon Dr Arthur Sanford to the.

For some reason, a majority of the accidents pertaining to "The Boiling Water Challenge" have taken place in the greater Chicago area. But don't try it yourself.

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

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