How to Prevent Cockroach Allergy?
Most of us associate allergies with pollen, dust mites and food. But, did you know that cockroaches can cause allergies? Cockroaches can indeed cause stuffy nose, skin rash, itchy throat and other allergic reactions. Eliminating cockroaches and taking antihistamines or other allergy medications can help in preventing cockroach allergy.
What Causes Cockroach Allergy?
The saliva, feces and the corpses of the cockroaches can cause an allergy. People with allergies have supersensitive immune systems, which perceive these allergens as harmful and react against it. The saliva, feces, and the corpses can be airborne, and inhaling these can trigger an allergic reaction. Sometimes, even if a cockroach crawls over the skin, it can result in a slight rash.
Symptoms of Cockroach Allergy:
- Skin rash
- Stuffy nose
- Itchy Eyes/Ear/Throat
- Sinus infection
- Aggravated asthma
If you are experiencing the above symptoms throughout the year, you might be suffering from an allergy to cockroaches.
Treatment and Prevention:
Anti-histamines, decongestants and topical corticosteroids can help in treating the allergic reaction. Allergy shots or immunotherapy is a long-term and permanent option for treating cockroach allergy.
If you suspect cockroach allergy, its always recommended to get rid of these pests. Pest control, elimination methods in the form of bait, can be helpful. Chemical methods should be avoided as they can aggravate the allergy. Other ways such as keeping the waste food materials in sealed cans or covers, vacuum cleaning etc., also help in eliminating cockroaches.
If you suspect allergy to cockroaches, do consult an allergist. He/she may conduct a skin prick test to determine your allergy and would also prescribe medications to overcome the allergy.