OMG: You Can Get Lice From Taking Selfies!

Yes, you read it right. Stop taking so many pictures! People just might be getting lice from taking selfies with friends. Who doesn’t love to hold their arm out and get the perfect selfie? Try taking “us-ies” with your friends and sqeezing in close to get the best picture, it’s always a challenge. That one head bump can change your life and cause your scalp to be itching non-stop. Here’s a closer look at what the insect looks like:


According to Marcy MQuillan, a head lice specialist in California, taking selfies with your friends has been the new way of spreading lice. If you or a friend are not aware of having lice, it can make matters worst. These small insects transfer from one scalp to another by simply crawling over into your strands of hair. Just thinking about it makes me want to scratch my own scalp. Yikes! This is too good to be true, but it is. Taking a selfie just got REAL.

MQuillan shares: “I’ve seen a huge increase of lice in teens this year.  Typically it’s younger children I treat, because they’re at higher risk for head-to-head contact. But now, teens are sticking their heads together every day to take cell phone pics.”


I don’t plan on taking another selfie with my friend anytime soon. Of course we’ll both be in the picture, but the touching of our heads and the chance of me getting lice is just too serious! Selfies are fun, but the transfer of lice has me out of wack. Be careful posing for the camera guys!