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Cockroach Allergy Symptoms and What to Do About Them

If you didn’t know this before, you do now: it is possible to be allergic to cockroaches. The most common symptoms of a cockroach allergy are a persistent stuffy nose, a skin rash, coughing and wheezing when in the presence of cockroach allergens. Chest tightness and shortness of breath are also common.


Diagnosis of Allergy


Your allergy doctor will need to go over your medical history and review your symptoms and possible allergens. You may need blood tests or skin testing, during which a tiny amount of a potential allergen is tested on your skin. If a red lump shows up, you’re allergic to the substance.


What to Do About Your Cockroach Allergy


In the short term, take medications that your allergy doctor prescribes. Common ones include nasal sprays, asthma medicine (for the coughing and wheezing) and eye drops. You may also need to start on allergy shots.

The best thing you can do when you have a cockroach allergy is to get rid of the cockroaches and prevent more from bothering you. Even if you’ve seen only one cockroach, it means there could be hundreds nearby that you haven’t seen.


Dealing With Cockroaches


To kill cockroaches as soon as possible, set out Combat bait stations, gel baits and bait strips. Avoid using pesticide sprays. Among other issues, they could make your allergies or asthma worse. Just as bad, pesticide sprays won’t stop cockroaches from returning, because they don’t kill the nest like baits and strips do.

These creatures are experts at getting through the tiniest cracks. They go where they have access to food and water, so your focus should be on sealing gaps and eliminating food and water sources. Use caulk or other plugging methods to cover spaces such as cracks between your wall and floor. Store food in tightly sealed containers and jars, and don’t leave food out for long. Take out the garbage frequently, and set out pet food only at times your pet eats. After eating, wash dishes immediately, and clean up crumbs and spills as soon as possible. Because many cockroaches like moisture and pipes help them travel, fix pipes and faucets that leak or that are pulling away from the wall. This opens up more space to get through.

If you’ve had cockroach problems on and off, as well as persistent stuffy nose, coughing and wheezing, it’s possible you are allergic to cockroaches. See your allergist, and take measures to eradicate cockroaches from your living space for once and for all.