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Cockroach Allergens

Cockroaches have been found to be a significant trigger of allergies and asthma. Asthma has been increasing over the past several years, resulting in frequent hospital admissions especially of inner-city children with asthma after exposure to cockroach allergen. The exact reason for the increase in asthma attacks related to cockroach is not known, but some researchers attribute the increased incidence to children spending more time indoors than they use to.

The cockroach allergen is found in the feces, saliva and body of the insect. Cockroaches are found in homes all over the world. If one cockroach is seen in the home, there may be hundreds more out of sight. Cockroaches can be carried into the home in grocery bags, furniture and luggage. One they get into a home, they are hard to eradicate. 

Symptoms related to cockroach allergy may range from mildly itchy skin, scratchy throat, itchy eyes and nose to more severe symptoms involving asthma. Symptoms related to cockroach allergy may be experienced year-round.

Some recommendations for those who have cockroach allergy include:

  • Avoid contact with the insects and their droppings.
  • Contact pest control experts to rid the home of cockroaches. The home should be thoroughly cleaned after extermination to remove the cockroach debris. 
  • Eliminate cockroach food sources by storing food and garbage in closed containers. 
  • Clean kitchen and dining areas as soon as possible after meals and snacks.
  • Repair leaky faucets and pipes.
  • Repair holes in walls and other points of entry.
  • Apply cockroach bait under kitchen sinks and in bathrooms away from children and pets.
  • Wipe down kitchen floors and counters regularly.