Cockroaches and Allergies
While many people gasp and jump when they see a cockroach, this behavior is normal, and doesn’t mean you’re allergic to cockroaches. However, for an unfortunate number of us shortness of breath, wheezing, and rashes are among the symptoms of a cockroach allergy.
It is said that if you see one small cockroach in your home, 800 are hiding nearby. These unsanitary, disease spreading creatures love any dark, dank area and “sweating” pipes provide them with the water they need. Cockroaches live under sinks, behind toilets, in sewer pipes, and in stacks of books, newspapers, and magazines. Allergies are triggered by several not-so-appealing habits of the common cockroach.
Just as Hansel and Gretel left a trail of breadcrumbs in the forest to follow back home, cockroaches leave a trail of saliva and feces when exploring your house. This matter dries and becomes a fine airborne powder which enters the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, mouth, and lungs. Most people are immune to powered cockroach detritus. For those with cockroach allergies, the reaction can range from coughing, stuffy nose, watery eyes, and congestion to rashes, clogged sinuses, and even asthma attacks.
And remember those 800 cockroaches that might be hiding nearby? Well, cockroaches live for several months to several years. While there are roach hotels, there are no roach funeral homes. When la cucaracha dies, it stays were it lays, eventually decomposing into a fine powder which creates a diabolical mixture when joined with roach saliva and feces in the air.
Cockroach allergies are diagnosed the same way as other allergies, with skin or blood testing. For those who are allergic, the best way to avoid pain and suffering is to banish the bugs from your home with insecticides, baits and gels, or professional exterminators. Cockroaches are no fun when they simply appear and waggle their disgusting little antennae at you. When they trigger rashes and respiratory problems, cockroaches are more than creepy, they’re downright dangerous.