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Watch out for head lice in Halloween costumes

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It's nearly that time of year for kids to go trick-or-treating. But think about how many people tried them on before you?

A warning for anyone trying on a Halloween mask or wig at a store.

Alvina Kweh experts there will be some germs on Halloween costumes, and teaches her kids how to prevent spreading them.

Of all the creepy crawlers around during Halloween, there's one you probably haven't thought of - head lice. It's not a sign of poor hygiene.

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

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But how many heads have those wigs and masks been on before going on yours?

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.

Experts add that wearing a swim cap to cover your hair will create another barrier between you and any potential lice. The tiny pest can only last for 48 hours without oxygen.

Before wearing your costume or wig, putting it into a sealed plastic bag for 48 hours will kill any lice, which die within 24-48 hours.

Just make sure it's dryer safe or simply do what Mary Brito plans to do.

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