Trying On Halloween Costumes Is Giving People Head Lice

So you’ve been trying on costume after costume, but you are still scratching your head on what to be for Halloween.  Well, it might be more than just confusion over what might be the perfect Halloween costume?

It may be your costume that’s making you itch ― from head lice.

Huffington Post reports:

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: 

  • Never try on a mask in a store without wearing a bathing cap over your hair.
  • Put your new costume into a tightly sealed bag for at least 48 hours before wearing it to kill off any lice that may be on it.
  • Throw dryer-friendly costumes into the dryer for 45 minutes before wearing them.
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