A MOTHER has issued a warning about a craze sweeping schools that has left her daughter with second-degree burns.
Jamie Prescott, 42, says 15-year-old Ellie may need a skin graft after taking part in the so-called ‘deodorant challenge’.
The dangerous craze involves spraying deodorant on to someone’s skin for as long as they can stand the resulting pain.
Three weeks after taking the challenge, Ellie still has a weeping wound on her arm and may need a skin graft.
She said: ‘It’s a hole in my arm and there’s all this yellow stuff coming out.
‘My friend did it a year ago and has a scar but said it wasn’t as painful as mine. When I show people my injury they lift up their sleeves and show that they’ve all had it done too.’
Ms Prescott, from Yate, South Gloucestershire, said: ‘Ellie’s injuries are horrendous and if we can stop others doing it that will be great.
‘The wound is still weeping excessively. Ellie met friends at the local park and they asked her to do the challenge — which she hadn’t heard of.’
Ellie’s burn is a form of frostbite. The temperature of her skin was rapidly cooled by the pressurised gas in the spray until it began to blister.
Doctors have warned that, even when it doesn’t cause painful burns, the game can result in permanent scarring.
Photos of Ellie’s injuries, which Ms Prescott posted on Facebook to warn other mums and dads, have been shared more than 2,500 times since last Friday.
The mum-of-three said: ‘This needs to be made as public as possible. It’s horrendous and needs stopping.’