“Beezing” Trend Among Teens-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
Reports that teens are applying Burt’s Bees lip balm to their eyelids to get high have exploded on the Internet. The trend is called “Beezing” and experts are warning of related safety and health risks.
This is true, according to a December 6, 2013, article by a Fox News affiliate in New York.
Fox News talked to Dr. Robert Cykiert, who told them, “It’s a foolish thing to do, but college kids sometimes do strange things.” Cykiert warned that the lip balm contained “all kinds of ingredients that could potentially get in the eye and cause some burning and irritation.”
Word of the beezing trend may not have traveled to all parts of the nation, as some report have indicated. A Fox reporter went to Hunters College in New York City to interview students about this latest method of getting high. Students told the reporter that they had not heard of beezing.
Sample below found on the Examiner.com website.
New teen trend ‘Beezin,’ putting lip balm on eyelids, could be deadly
First there was the “cinnamon challenge,” then there was “snorting Smarties” and now there is a new teen trend called “Beezin'” that has doctors concerned.
The popular Burt’s Bees lip balm is now part of a viral trend, which you can see on this Youtube video. Teens have started putting the lip balm on their eyelids claiming it gives them a high, reported by ABC on Friday.
It’s called beezin’ and people who have tried it say it intensifies the experience of being high or drunk.
Others say they use it to help them stay awake or alert. Burt’s Bees is all-natural, so some think it’s harmless. But doctors warn that beezin’ could lead to serious health risks.
Doctors say it may cause an allergic reaction, or symptoms similar to pink eye. In serious cases, an infection could cause loss of sight or even be life threatening.
Dr. Kelly Johnson-Arbor, who is a medical toxicologist says, “Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus. If you use the lip balm on the cold sore and your friend borrows the lip balm, puts it on their eyelid, the herpes virus could be transmitted from the lip balm to a person’s eye, and that person could go blind.”
The peppermint oil in the balm can be very irritating and people should seek medical help if they have pain in their eyes.