Experts: Selfies Aren't Linked to Head Lice
Updated: Wednesday, February 26 2014, 01:42 PM CST
The story that teens were getting lice by taking selfies went viral this week. But is it true?
Health experts say no.
Some salon owners say they've seen more teen clients with head lice. In talking to those clients, they say selfies are a part of their everyday lives.
However health experts say it's a marketing ploy for salons to get more business, that's according to Dr. Richard Pollock with the Harvard School of Public Health. He said it's good for business.
One salon owner said she sees it on a daily basis so there has to be an answer.
"He studies parasites perhaps but he's not dealing with the families like I do on a daily basis that are coming in here and where you can actually see the increase," said Marcy McQuillan, salon owner.
"If you have a real heavy infestation it's going to come out inside those pictures. But a low-level infestation I don't think it would happen so casually," added Daniel Wilson, Almeda Co. Health Agency.
Daniel Wilson said it could happen in extreme cases, but is still skeptical of the theory that selfies are creating more cases of head lice.