It’s the final week of the year and we’re gonna be going through the wildest moments of 2021! Today is our look back at the best (and weirdest) of Medical Tiktok.
In this episode, we've got a woman who got chlamydia in her lungs from vaping, someone who used a magic eraser on their teeth, and a woman who had a wedgie so bad she went into septic shock. Enjoy!
BuzzFeed Daily: What was your reaction when you found that one?
KT: Terrified, I guess? People are like, "Well, you know, if you're going to smoke, do a vape because it's healthier" and then you see people on the other side and they're like, "Actually, no, smoking an actual plant is better than the juice or whatever is in those vape pens." So it was just super interesting to me.
I actually reached out to a doctor to get some more information. I talked to Dr. Luis Chug, and he is quadruple board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary critical care, and sleep medicine. So he knows his stuff. But basically, he talked about how lung chlamydia can happen and the risks and signs to look out for. Basically, you just need to be careful with the cartridges that you're buying, because if you're buying them from a second-hand shop, you don't really know where they're coming from. Those cartridges could contain bacteria, and when you inhale them in, it goes into your lungs and therefore giving you an infection. It's in the family of pneumonia, actually. So it's like chlamydia pneumoniae.
BuzzFeed Daily: OK, so viral whitening teeth trends are nothing new on TikTok, but a woman who uses a Magic Eraser to whiten her teeth gave us all a moment of pause. Talk to us about how this woman's weird dental hygiene sparked a viral commotion.
BuzzFeed Daily: You went straight to the professionals to clarify why it isn't a good idea. What's the expert advice on why you shouldn't do this, outside the obvious?
KT: One of the big things that Dr. Zainab Mackie, who I spoke with, said, is that rubbing this on your teeth is actually going to break down the enamel of your teeth, and we're born with only so much enamel. So once you rub it away and you're stripping it down, you're never going to get it back. And then she also said that basically this outer layer of our tooth, which is the enamel, is actually whiter than what's underneath it. Like once you get down further to the structure of the tooth, it's more yellow. So really doing this, especially for a prolonged period of time — such as years, like she's been doing — is just going to have the opposite effect because her teeth are just going to be more yellow and then wearing down your enamel makes it more sensitive all around. It's just a bad idea.