CHICAGO (CBS) — The popular trend of teens taking group “selfies” might be leading to another less appealing trend: the spread of head lice.
WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports a woman who runs two local treatment centers said she’s seen a significant rice in teenagers suffering from lice, and she thinks it’s because teens tend to put their heads together to take pictures of themselves with their friends.READ MORE: 'This Is Not 1970,' Mayor Lightfoot Says Of Firefighter-EMT Erik Zuma, Who Is Charged With Sex Assault And Was Kept On The Job
“We probably treat close to 35 to 40 percent more teenage girls,” said Carrie Madej, who owns Nit Free Noggins. “They sit in groups, and all their heads are together, and they’re taking pictures.”
Not just one picture, either.
“I’ve done this myself, where you take a picture, and then ‘Oh wait, here, let me get one.’ ‘Let me get one,’” Madej said.READ MORE: 'The Memories Will Never Go Away:' Cubs Finalizing Deal To Send Anthony Rizzo To Yankees
When that happens, Madej said you can almost see head lice jumping from one girl’s head to another’s.
She said many girls these days have long, thick hair; which offers a tempting target for lice.
Madej advised using a nit comb to check children’s hair for lice on a weekly basis, and keeping long hair pulled back in a ponytail or braid when they go to school.
She also said teens should avoid touching their heads together when taking selfies.MORE NEWS: Shock After Gunmen Shoot, Kill Barber, Customer In Front Of Multiple People At Lawndale Barbershop
“Have a little space around you when you take pictures,” she said.