Dr. Bill tells us about a dangerous new fad among teenagers. Show Notes

Thursday, June 05, 2014 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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A dangerous trend called the "Eraser Challenge" is causing concern for parents and doctors.

WRIC-TV in Richmond, Virginia recently ran a story on the game, and quoted physicians who said it could have serious negative effects on the teens who play it.

The game involves taking an eraser and rubbing it back and forth on your skin, reciting the alphabet until you get to the end.  The challenge is to see who can do it the longest.

Staci Thomas is a mom of a teenager and was shocked when she found out her son's scars were from an eraser. He came home with deep cuts on the back of his hand, and it took her a while to get him to admit what he had done.

It turned out that Staci’s son had been playing the eraser challenge with friends.

Stacy says "The thought never crossed my mind that you could inflict such harm with an eraser."

The Eraser Challenge is being played by kids across the country. 

Pediatrician David Arkin says "You're going to often wind up with some disfigurement and some scarring. The scarring is going to permanent from these things." 

Dr. Arkin says the game could be much more dangerous and harmful than teens realize.

He says it can lead to a serious infection and points out that blood-borne infections like HIV could potentially be spread by the game. 

Dr. Arkin advises parents of teens and pre-teens to talk to their kids about the dangers of playing the game.

To learn more about dangerous teen fads, go to GreatSchools.org and enter “teen trends” in the search engine.

I’m Dr. Bill Maier for WBCL.
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