Halloween Costumes And Head Lice
Tue, Oct 10, 2017
Scratching your head trying to find the perfect Halloween costume? It may be your costume that’s making you itch â from head lice.
Doctors usually see a jump in head lice this time of year. Although many people associate it with the start of the school year, the real cause may be even scarier: Halloween costumes.
Cherie Sexton, a nurse practitioner in Oregon, Ohio, says trying on Halloween costumes is a real bugaboo.
“We have a lot of people going into stores right now, trying on masks, trying on costumes and trying on wigs,” Sexton told Toledo station WTOL-TV. “And a lot of people don’t give much thought to the fact that several people could’ve tried it on before them.”
Sexton’s solutions might strike some as nitpicking:
Although head lice are annoying, they don’t actually make people sick.
If you do manage to get head lice from trying on a Frankenstein mask or Pennywise costume, pediatrician Wendy Swanson says the best bet is treatment with over-the-counter shampoos and extracting the lice with a very fine comb.
She also recommends cleaning clothing and bedding and restricting head-to-head contact until the lice are gone.
In extreme cases, some prescription treatments may be needed to eradicate the lice from your child.