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Possible Link Between Selfies and Head Lice

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It's not something that people are itching to talk about.

"The problem is never gonna get solved if no one knows, " says UNCC freshmen, Paige Corwell.

Event and group selfies are a popular thing on college campuses.

But, a pic isn't the only thing some teens and college students are getting. 

They're also getting head lice.

"I think it's really surprising that you can get head lice when you take selfies at parties with people, that you can actually get head lice just by being close to others,” said Corwell.

A California lice expert concluded, after an informal study, that there's been an increase in head lice cases among teens thanks to those group selfies.

Some medical professionals are disputing the study. However, Registered Nurse Sheila Fassler, agrees with it.

"I have no doubt the use of technology, handheld devices, your cell phones, iPads, doing selfies, looking at Instagrams, texting, kids looking over each other's phones, has increased the incidents of head lice in teens and adults. We've seen an increase in the last year and a half here," said Fassler.

In fact, she just recently treated two South Carolina college students whose photos left them "scratching their heads."

"We discussed how do you think this spread between the two of you and there was no doubt in either of their minds that it was because of selfies or heads being close together looking at technology," said Fassler.

It's something Paige plans to keep in mind the next time she and her friends are tempted to put their heads together. "Probably won't be taking anymore selfies."

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