How Cockroaches Can Trigger and Worsen Your Asthma

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How Cockroaches Can Trigger and Worsen Your Asthma

Cockroaches are among the scariest and dirtiest insects in the planet. They do not only spread diseases but they also activate allergic reactions and worsen pre-existing conditions like asthma. These creepy crawlers leave traces wherever they are because of the foul stench they leave behind. Years and years of research have finally allowed science to put its finger on why roaches trigger asthma. Studies showed that the decomposed particles of a cockroach are small enough to be lifted on air and be carried by the wind. As it happens, even cockroach excrement, when decomposed, also breakdown the same way as the insect’s body and becomes present in the air we breathe. When these particles are breathed into the bronchial tubes, the human body’s immune system recognizes the elements and informs the system to produce an allergic reaction. While this incident occurs or varies from person to person, the number of affected victims is glaring.

Studies revealed that in the United States, the amount of allergens produced by cockroaches is not far from allergens produced by pets like cat, dogs, and mice. The National Pest Management Association report showed that 63 percent of homes in the United States are contaminated by cockroach allergens. The cases are much higher in urban areas, the figure climbing between 78 percent and 98 percent of homes. This study reveals that two types of people are at the worst position when living with cockroach allergen infested homes. See below if you are one of them:

  • 1. Those already diagnosed with asthma.
    This means that they are most likely to be the victim of these allergens and the attacks will be even more severe compared with other triggers.
  • 2. Those with an allergic reaction to allergens but were not diagnosed with asthma.
    This means that they are very likely to acquire asthma as their bodies would react to the cockroach allergen in a very specific way.

If you are not sure, which bracket you belong to, an allergist can evaluate your condition and guide you on whether you’re allergic to cockroach allergens. Sometimes, before a full-blown asthma attack, patients experience symptoms like coughing, nasal congestion, skin rash, wheezing, ear infection, and sinus infection. There are cases when the reactions to cockroach allergens do not go bloom into an asthma problem but make the victim suffer with symptoms that become chronic over time, lasting beyond typical seasonal allergies.

That is why we would always recommend a prevention measure for new homes to avoid unwanted visitors or tenants. This way, whether your child is a diagnosed asthma patient or has allergic reactions, your family will be safe from the dangers of having a cockroach inside the house. But just in case, the problem has already started; we, at Rocklin Pest Control can provide a comprehensive cockroach termination service. This means that we can survey your entire house for possible infested areas and we have a team of highly skilled workers who can cockroach-proof your homes by sealing the gaps between your walls that serves as their entry and exit points.

Do not compromise the health of your families, make sure your house is cockroach free. Drop us a call and we will be more than happy to assist you to make your homes a healthier environment for your family.

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