Cockroaches, Allergies & Asthma
Can cockroaches cause any kind of health threat to people, other than making people squeal? Yes, it’s true they can carry allergens in their feces, skin and saliva.
If you are at home and having an allergic reaction you can’t explain, like asthma (which means a lung problem, like wheezing or coughing).. it may be due to cockroaches. While they can carry allergens, cockroaches are some of the cleanest species of living beings on planet earth and adapt extremely fast to changes in their environment.
How Long Does Does The Allergic Reaction Take After An Infestation?
It may be a month or more after the cockroaches have invaded your living space before you might notice an issue. They may be hiding in crawl spaces making their nests and still unnoticed. Most allergens that occur all year usually come from inside your home somewhere.
How Can I Avoid Cockroaches?
Cockroaches love sugar and sugary products, especially when they are on the floor. Keeping your home clean and free of crumbs and food debris on the ground and sink are very helpful.
In an article by the Allergy Foundation of America, they tell us some steps to help improve and diagnose an allergy due to cockroaches. below are some steps and you can read the full article here.
What Is the Treatment for Cockroach Allergy?
The most important step is to avoid cockroaches as much as possible. Limiting your exposure to cockroaches will reduce your symptoms. However, you may also need medicines to control allergy symptoms.
Certain over-the-counter and prescription medicines may help reduce cockroach allergy symptoms. Talk to your doctor about what medications may be right for you.
- Antihistamines are available as pills, liquids or nose sprays. They can relieve sneezing and itching in the nose and eyes. They also reduce a runny nose and, to a lesser extent, nasal stuffiness.
- Nasal corticosteroids are a type of nose spray. They reduce swelling in your nose and block allergic reactions. They are the most effective medicine type for allergic rhinitis because they can reduce all symptoms, including nasal congestion. Nasal corticosteroids have few side effects.
- Leukotriene receptor antagonists block the action of important chemical messengers (other than histamine) involved in allergic reactions.
- Cromolyn sodium is a nose spray that blocks the release of chemicals that cause allergy symptoms, including histamine and leukotrienes. This medicine has few side effects, but you must take it four times a day.
- Decongestants are available as pills, liquids, nose sprays or drops. They help shrink the lining of the nasal passages and relieve stuffiness. Use decongestant nose drops and sprays only for a short time. Oral decongestants can cause side effects such as sleeplessness and increased blood pressure in some people. Consider checking with your doctor before using them.
Your local family doctor in Wichita will also prescribe anti-inflammatory medicines and bronchodilators if you have asthma.