Cockroach allergy occurs when an individual's immune system reacts to proteins in cockroaches' feces, saliva, and body parts. It is a common cause of indoor allergies and can trigger or worsen asthma symptoms, especially in urban areas and in homes with infestations....


What are symptoms of cockroach allergy?

  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Skin rash or hives
  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Asthma attacks or difficulty breathing in people with asthma

What foods cross-react with cockroach allergy?

Cockroach allergy does not typically involve cross-reactivity with food allergies. However, individuals with cockroach allergies might also be allergic to other indoor allergens like dust mites or pet dander.

When should I consider getting a cockroach allergy test?

  • If you experience persistent respiratory or skin allergy symptoms, especially in urban living environments.
  • If there is an exacerbation of asthma symptoms without a clear trigger.
  • If over-the-counter allergy medications do not alleviate your symptoms.
  • If you live in an area or conditions where cockroach exposure is likely.

How do I reduce my cockroach allergy symptoms?

  • Keep your living spaces clean and free of food scraps and clutter where cockroaches can hide.
  • Seal cracks and entry points to prevent cockroach infestation.
  • Use pest control measures if necessary to reduce cockroach population.
  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to clean floors and furniture.
  • Reduce indoor humidity levels, as cockroaches thrive in moist environments.
  • Use allergen-proof covers on mattresses and pillows to reduce exposure.
  • Over-the-counter antihistamines or decongestants may help manage symptoms.
  • Consult with an allergist for tailored treatment, especially if symptoms are severe or persistent.

Test(s) that measure/test for Cockroach

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