When you hear the word cockroach, what comes to mind? Is it an image of a small, brown crawling pest that most, if not all, people dislike? You may also think "nuisance" or "too common" or "gross." What about allergies?
Like cats, plants, dust, or certain foods, cockroaches can cause allergies. Before you blame your Spring sniffles on pollen, read more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of cockroach allergies.
What are the Causes and Symptoms of Cockroach Allergies?
The salvia, waste, and body parts of cockroaches are what trigger allergic reactions. The allergens found in these parts cause your symptoms when kicked up in the air. Even dead cockroaches can cause allergy symptoms. These symptoms include:
Stuffed up nose
Itchy, red, and watery eyes
Itchy nose, throat or mouth
Itchy skin or rashes
In more severe cases, you may experience shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, and sinus infections.
Over the counter allergy medicine, like antihistamines, nasal sprays, and decongestants can help your symptoms. If you continue to have allergies year-round, visit your doctor and ask them to perform a skin prick or blood test to see if you have a full-blown cockroach allergy. From there, you can discuss a long-term plan, including regular allergy shots and prescription medication.
How Do You Prevent Cockroach Exposure?
If your allergies are not severe but still agitating, take precautions within your home to eliminate cockroaches. Some common methods to control or prevent cockroaches include:
Reducing the clutter in your house.
Cleaning your kitchen floors, sinks, counters, and stoves.
Unfortunately, these prevention methods may not completely work. Cockroaches can be being particularly troublesome, so you may have to consult a pest control expert. Here are indicators you may need professional help:
You see signs of cockroaches coming from crawl spaces.
You see a cockroach crawling or flying out of a kitchen cabinet.
You find droppings behind your fridge or stove.
There is a strong musty odor in certain parts of your home.
If you are experiencing allergies and think cockroaches may be the cause, try limiting your exposure to them. If your problem – and allergies – persist, you may need a professional to handle it. Contact us today for more information on cockroaches, cockroach allergies, and cockroach extermination.
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