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Can taking selfies lead to the spread of lice?

Left to right, Eastern Washington University students Annette Bovdyr, Valeriya Mokrushina and Julia Mokrushina take a group selfie of their hair flying in the wind while waiting for a bus at the STA Plaza in downtown Spokane, Wash., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Colin Mulvany)

You may want to be careful who you take selfies with from now on.

According to the Huffington Post, one lice removal expert is claiming that an increase in selfies is contributed to the spread of lice.

"I've seen a huge increase of lice in teens this year. Typically it's younger children I treat, because they're at higher risk for head-to-head contact. But now, teens are sticking their heads together every day to take cell phone pics," Marcy McQuillan of Nitless Noggins, a lice removal service, told SFist.

Some took to social media to bash the theory, but several other experts said they have noticed an uptick in the number of lice cases.

"That makes a lot of sense. In order to get it, you have to be direct contact -- sitting on the same towel, sharing headphones together or using someone else's hair curler, sharing hats, sweaters and scarves," [Vanessa Mor of Oakland's Lice Control] was quoted as saying.

Other experts said the claims are rubbish and just part of a normal pattern.

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