You may think that cozying up with your pals to snap a selfie is fun, but the possibility of head lice could be lurking.
Anecdotal evidence from lice treatment centres suggests that more adolescent girls are seeking lice treatment as a direct result of selfies.
"We have definitely seen an increase in the number of teen girls that we are treating over the last few years," Shawnda Walker, owner of Toronto-based NitWits, tells Yahoo Canada Shine.
Walker explains that 98 per cent of head lice cases result from direct head-to-head contact. Only a tiny number of people get lice from sharing products such as hairbrushes or hair ties.
"But it's not just selfies that are to blame," she says. "Looking at photos or iPads together is a huge part of how teenage girls behave and their heads are right beside each other."
Walker says she hasn't seen an increase in the number of teen boys seeking treatment in recent years because lice are repelled byRead More »from Are selfies causing head lice among teen girls?