SPECIAL REPORT: A head-scratcher, but beware of lice spreading through selfies

According to an Oxford University study, taking selfies with others increases the likelihood of contracting head lice. (File)

Just the thought of them may make your head itch...

"Itching and scratching under the scalp and also feeling the sensation of something crawling in your hair," Eric Stann of the Boone County Health Department said.

They're itsy bitsy bugs in your hair.

"Head lice can be transmitted through close contact through the hair of the infected person," Stann said.

Close contact, like posing for a selfie?

"Lice have blood meals and they basically want to have a blood meal multiple times a day," Stann added.

According to an Oxford University study, taking selfies increases the likelihood of contracting head lice.

Young people we talked to said they take group selfies, but never once thought of lice.

"I guess it could happen and that's crazy that it does," Maddie Nagal said.

"They're hard to get like rid of right? Because they're so small and that's just like unhygienic," Lia Waldrum said.

To decrease your chances of getting head lice, Stann said never share combs, brushes, or hats, and if you must take a selfie, make sure to keep your heads distant from one another.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting rid of head lice often requires more than one treatment.

And while Lia didn't know she could get head lice from taking group selfies, "Definitely be thinking about that more."

It's a growing trend you don't want to grow on you.

According to The Boone county Health Department, pets such as dogs and cats do not play a part in the spread of head lice.

For tips on lice treatment follow this link.

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