Could Cockroaches Be Making You Sick?
Posted on Feb 15, 2017 2017-10-04T13:47:07+00:00 0 asthma, Allergies Emergency Medical Care
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Unfortunately, cockroaches are aplenty here in New York’s ultra urban environment. Many people struggle to keep them at bay, but sometimes the critters find their way into homes anyway. Many people don’t realize that cockroaches can be more than simply nuisances – they can trigger illness in some people. Let’s take a closer look:

Are You Constantly Sniffling and Sneezing?

Are your allergies or asthma out of control year-round and you’ve been dusting regularly, avoiding harsh chemicals and taking all the other necessary precautions to no avail? You just may have a creepy crawly allergic asthma trigger scuttling around your home. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the number of asthmatics who are affected by insects like cockroaches could be as high as 60%. Moreover, it is estimated that 63 or rural homes and up to 98% of urban dwellings across America contain a few of these little troublemakers.

Allergic Symptoms to Cockroaches

Lung Trouble? Cockroaches Could be To Blame

Similar to dust mites, cockroach allergies stem from skin and body parts they shed, feces they leave around and from their saliva, not so much the insect themselves. All this is matter is unknowingly stirred up into the air as the inhabitants of the house move about, clean and go about their daily business. This can cause troublesome symptoms in allergic asthma sufferers. Do you find your asthma out of control but can’t seem to find the source? It could be possible that the creepy crawlies are doing you harm. German and Palmetto cockroaches are the two most common culprits for asthmatic and allergic symptoms.

Asthmatic Symptoms:

  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • A nagging cough
  • Chest tightness
  • Sleep disturbances because of asthma symptom flares
Cockroaches can also induce full blown, dangerous asthma attacks. If you or a person you are caring for begins wheezing profusely, breathing rapidly, having trouble breathing or has a blue tinge to the lips or nails, call for emergency treatment right away.

What To Do About Cockroach Troubles?

If you think your allergies or asthma may be irritated by cockroaches, book an appointment with an allergist to be tested for the allergen. An allergist will be able to determine whether cockroaches are making your asthma worse. She may prescribe medications to help ease your symptoms, or suggest immunization allergy shots in some cases. The best thing you can do to ease your discomfort is try to control the infestation by:
  • cleaning regularly (even in tight spots, they like to hide)
  • eliminate clutter
  • keep food tightly sealed
  • double check anything you carry into your home to make sure there are no cockroaches hiding on or in it
  • seal your home well
  • If you can’t seem to banish the critters yourself, hire an exterminator to assess your roach problem and take care of it.
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