Did you know that its possible to be allergic to the common household cockroach? These nasty creatures are bad enough, but to find out that they can cause allergic symptoms makes them so much more troubling. Apartment living often brings the risk of being in contact with these nasty little pests. The best way to avoid cockroaches is to stay on top of trap usage as well as keeping the house clean of food debris. Sometimes you will move into a new home and it may appear to be cockroach free, but there may be cockroach dust lurking in unsuspecting places. The cockroach debris could be inside electronics, hidden in the attic or hiding behind the stove. The cockroach debris and dust will cause cockroach allergy symptoms in those allergic to the cockroach.
The symptoms of cockroach allergy, can be anything from coughing, stuffy nose, watery eyes, a tickle in the throat, wheezing, congestion, rashes, clogged ears, clogged sinuses, and even may cause an asthma attack. If you think you may be having an asthma attack go to the emergency room.
I am a suffer of the dreaded cockroach allergy. I have to remain diligent in keeping the cockroaches at bay. I keep traps out and rotate them every 3 months. I don’t use sprays because they can aggravate allergy symptoms. I clean behind appliances and make sure all counters are clear of crumbs. This way I prevent the cockroach from ever coming into my home. This equals no cockroach allergy symptoms for me.
The best way to find out if you may be suffering from the cockroach allergy is to consult with an allergy doctor. Ask to have a scratch test done to test for the cockroach allergy. If you have a reaction to the scratch test this would mean you are allergic to the cockroach. The doctor will then prescribe an antihistamine, nasal spray, anti inflammatory, or even a bronchodilator. You may even opt to have allergy shots, which are injections of cockroach extract. When getting the injections you will receive in a series of shots and will continue until you build up an immunity to the cockroach allergen. I have chosen to go with antihistamines as well as avoiding exposure to the cockroach. When you visit the doctor you can choose what works best for you.
If you do find out you are allergic to the common cockroach. The home isn’t the only place that you can come in contact with the common cockroach. I have suffered symptoms in the work environment. We don’t have much control over the work environment and the cockroach problems that are sometimes found there. So its best to choose some sort of treatment to be on the safe side because the symptoms of cockroach allergy can be severe and result in an asthma attack. If you suspect that you are having a cockroach allergy and are suffering asthma like symptoms consult with a physician as soon as possible to get your symptoms under control.