Pollen, dust, animal fur, and stinging insects are the most common allergy “triggers,” but there is another that may be lurking behind your refrigerator or inside your pipes. Cockroach allergies were first reported in 1943, when skin rashes appeared immediately after the insects crawled over patients’ skin. Then, in the 1970s, studies revealed that patients with cockroach allergies can also develop acute asthma attacks. As if you ever needed more reasons to call a pest control expert at the first sign of cockroaches in your home, here is an overview of cockroach allergies.
The human immune system is designed to find foreign substances such as viruses and bacteria and get rid of them. People with allergies have supersensitive immune systems that react when they inhale, swallow, or touch certain substances. The saliva, droppings, and bodies of cockroaches produce a protein that can cause allergic reactions in people with such supersensitive immune systems.
Symptoms of cockroach allergies range in severity depending on the age and general health of the affected person. For instance, mild symptoms include itchy skin, scratchy throat, or itchy eyes and nose. Stronger and more severe allergic reactions just as persistent asthma may also occur as the result of cockroach allergies.
The best way to avoid these symptoms is by avoiding contact with roaches and their droppings. First and foremost, contact a pest control company to ride your home of roaches for good. Because cockroaches may initially resist control measures, you should schedule monthly pest control services to keep cockroach populations down. You should also see an allergist about special allergy injections designed to ward off cockroach reactions.
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