TEENS are being warned about a dangerous new ‘salt and ice’ challenge which leaves you with horrific burns and permanent scars.

The craze, which swept the US before becoming popular in the UK, sees kids put ice onto a layer of salt on their skin, sparking a burning reaction similar to frostbite.

One schoolboy from Swansea was left so badly burnt after doing the challenge that doctors considered giving him a skin graft.

His mum has shared a graphic image of the burn on the boy’s hand to warn others about the dangers of the craze.

"It is so deep that it has burnt all the nerve endings,” she said.

“He has some feeling in the red part around the edge but nothing on the burn itself.

"It is like severe frostbite. It could have gone septic and caused organ failure. He is looking a bit sheepish now."

Doctors decided against giving the boy a skin graft because he still had full movement in his hand.

"At first I thought it was a cut so I took him to the minor injuries unit and it was treated as such,” she said.



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"Then when I realised what had happened and it was a burn he was taken to the burns unit.
"The consultant said he had never seen an ice cube do this much damage."

Another mother from Fife has previously shared a picture of the "permanent scars" her daughter suffered on her arms after trying the challenge.

"It does not hurt at the time however as you can see in the picture is causes lasting damage," she said.

"She will be scarred for life…..had to take her to hospital.

"There was talk of skin grafts but thankfully it looks like they will be able to treat it over a period of time."

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