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A warning about new viral challenge involving Tide pods (Photo/Shutterstock)

Doctors say you should be concerned about a new viral challenge involving laundry detergent pods.

Videos and pictures have surfaced online of teenagers intentionally putting the pods in their mouth as part of the "Tide Pod Challenge." Some even cook the pods in frying pans and bite into them.

The detergent already comes in a child-resistant packaging to keep young children from swallowing them.

Doctors warn that burns can result from putting the pods in your mouth.

Tide has posted a warning message on its social media pages telling people they're to be used for doing laundry and nothing else.


A warning from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says putting the pods into your mouth can cause them to dissolve quickly, releasing highly concentrated toxic contents.

If you come in contact with the chemicals, immediately call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.

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