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Health warnings that come with Halloween costumes

Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:36:35 PM CST
Updated On: Oct 28 2013 11:42:46 PM CDT
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WKBT, News8000.com

LA CROSSE, WI -

Americans will spend more than 2.5 billion dollars on Halloween costumes this year. And as you put the perfect costume together, health experts have a few warnings.

For instance, when you're trying on Halloween masks at the store, odds are other people have done the same thing. That could lead to the spread of germs and bacteria, and cause things like staph infections.

A local expert says most kids won't have a problem, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

"Hand hygiene, with soap and water and then also washing your face with soap and water, and then the mask. And you should wash your mask before you try it on or once you get home, and once you wear it as well," said Gundersen Infection Control Specialist Stacie Christensen.

Rubbing alcohol is another option to disinfect the masks.

Health experts are also warning about colored contact lenses for costumes. They say they can be safe, but you should have them fitted and ordered by a licensed practitioner. That way you know they will not have any dangerous dyes, will fit properly in your eyes, and will not lead to an infection.

"Just like a medication, you wouldn't want to take a medication unless you know it's for you, been tested," said Gundersen's Contact Lens Coordinator Julie Buxengaard.

And if you're looking to save your lenses for next Halloween, you can keep them in a case. Just make sure to change the solution as recommended.

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