You lean in with your friends to take a picture and remember the moment, but are you taking away a little more than you bargained for when you snap that selfie? According to experts, head lice may be on the rise thanks to the group selfies we’re all snapping away with our besties.
It may seem a little farfetched, but that’s the story from lice treatment expert Marcy McQuillan, who runs Nitless Noggins in California. As the selfie takes over the internet, it’s not only our data bundle bills that are shooting up, but the incidence of head lice infestation in young people according to Ms McQuillan.
Bumping heads together to take a selfie may be responsible for the spread of the tiny bugs, which lay eggs at the base of strands of hair and cause itching on the scalp. “Lice don’t jump or fly, so you actually have to touch heads,” said McQuillan, explaining in a press release how this sudden rise in infestation could be explained by posing for selfies. “Every teen I’ve treated, I ask about selfies, and they admit that they are taking them every day.