National Selfie Day is June 21 and Lice Clinics of America – Los Angeles wants families to know that while selfies can be fun, they have also been linked to an increase in cases of head lice.
“A pediatrician recently coined the term ‘social media lice’ because she was seeing so many teenagers with head lice, and she linked the cases to taking selfies,” said Lisa Liss, manager of Lice Clinics of America – Los Angeles. The Los Angeles area clinics located at Wilshire & Fairfax, Encino and Santa Clarita are seeing more cases of head lice among teenagers, a significant change in clients. Historically, lice outbreaks slowed as children got older but the selfie craze is changing this.
“The problem comes when kids taking photos of themselves crowd their heads together in order to fit in the picture,” Liss said. “Head-to-head contact is the primary way head lice spread, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” When heads touch, lice can easily and quickly crawl from one head to another.
“Lice don’t fly or jump, so the only way that they can spread is by physical contact with another human’s hair or head,” Liss said. “Kids also get head lice from sitting close together in a car, hugging, or when they share hair utensils and accessories.”
“When taking selfies, be careful not to let heads and hair touch,” Liss recommended. “We know kids want to be spontaneous, but no one wants to get head lice!” In addition to avoiding head-to-head contact, wash and sterilize combs and brushes that may have been shared. Any clothing that is suspected of carrying lice should be placed in a dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes.
Lice Clinics of America – Los Angeles is the area’s exclusive provider of lice treatment using the patented AirAllé® medical device. AirAllé® is FDA-cleared and clinically proven to kill live lice and 99.2 percent of eggs through dehydration. Treatment takes about an hour and is guaranteed to be effective.
The clinics also offer a line of preventive products including daily use sprays and shampoos that service as a lice repellent. The products are non-toxic and safe for daily use.
“We don’t want anyone to get head lice from selfies or anything else,” Liss said. “But if you do, come to our clinic and you will be lice-free in an hour. We can help you stay that way, too, with our preventive products.”
Lice Clinics of America – Los Angeles is one of 330 clinics in the Lice Clinics of America network in 33 countries. AirAllé® has treated more than 600,000 cases of head lice worldwide with a success rate better than 99 percent. Clinics are open seven days a week by appointment. Call 844-727-9792 or email info@LiceClinicsLosAngeles.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.