Avoiding Lice, Scabies While Out Hunting for Your Halloween Costume


Cherie Sexton, a nurse practitioner in Oregon, Ohio, says trying on Halloween costumes is a real bugaboo.

But, the biggest cause is Halloween costume shopping.

Halloween stores have an entire wall of masks, wigs and hats to try on.

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If you do manage to get head lice from trying on a Frankenstein mask or Pennywise costume, pediatrician Wendy Swanson says the best bet is treatment with over-the-counter shampoos and extracting the lice with a very fine comb. The conclusion becomes even more ghoulish when you think of how many people may have tried on your mask or wig in the store before you bought it.

Health officials have a few tips to make sure the Halloween horror doesn't include head lice. Lice can only last for 48 hours without oxygen.

Parents are being warned about the dangers of lice, as they search for the ideal Halloween costume for their kids.

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If you're anxious, doctors recommend putting a wig in a sealed plastic bag for 48 hours before wearing it and put dryer-friendly items in the dryer for 45 minutes on high. Experts recommend when you're trying them on, wear a swim cap or wig cap.

You can also put dryer friendly items in the dryer on high for 45 minutes before wearing them.

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