Be Sure to Check Your Halloween Costume for Lingering Lice

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While walking around Halloween stores full of costumes you’ll find masks, wigs, and mascot heads lining the aisles, and adults and kids who cannot resist trying things on. That’s why news stations like KHOU are warning readers of the dangers of getting lice from your newly purchased Halloween costume. In fact, doctors report that they see a jump in cases of lice around this time of year, and back-to-school isn’t all to blame.

You might already be scratching your head just thinking about the possibility of getting lice, but there are measures you can take to prevent dealing with the creepy-crawly nuisances. WGNTV says to leave clothing or masks bought at a public store in a sealed plastic bag for 48 hours to kill anything living on it. KHOU says, “You can also throw dryer friendly items in the dryer on high heat for 45 minutes before wearing them. And ALWAYS wear a swim or wig cap to cover yours or your child’s hair to create a barrier that will be tough for lice to cross.”

Whether you shop for your costume at second-hand stores like Goodwill, or you like to buy brand new pieces to sport on Halloween, take the correct measures to make sure you’re not in for a fright when you look through your own or your child’s scalp!