It's the most wonderful time of year for most people, but for some, they'll be too busy combing their hair lice. I wish this was a joke.
With Christmas being around the corner, experts are warning people to be vigilant because there tends to be an abnormal rise in the number of head lice infections around this time of year.
In case you aren't sure, head lice are very small, wingless insects that live on the human scalp. They lay their eggs on the surface and feed off of their host's blood. Lice infections are very common among children, especially those who attend daycare or school.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 6 to 12 million children aged between three and 11 are affected by lice every year.
The insect spreads through hair-to-hair contact or by sharing personal items like hats, earphones, and brushes. Now, experts are warning against another way lice can spread over the holidays.