Cockroach Allergies and Roach Rash


Most people cannot stand these unsightly pests known as cockroaches. Not only do they look ugly when crawling all over your home at night, but they are also known to trigger allergies in human beings. If you or any of your family members are suffering from asthma and other allergies, coming into contact with cockroach saliva, feces or even body parts can trigger these conditions. Moreover, these allergens resemble dust mites which can aggravate symptoms when stirred up in the atmosphere. In other words, you are still likely to be affected even if you don’t come into direct contact with the pest.

According to some figures by the National Pest Management Association, 63% of homes are infested by cockroaches. This percentage rises in homes that are situated in the urban areas. These figures indicate that cockroaches are indeed a problem in many homes. Unless they are eradicated, chances are that they will not disappear on their own.

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What Are Cockroach Allergies?

These insects contain a type of protein that is also an allergen to the majority of people around the world. Basically, this is a substance that triggers an allergic immune reaction on the skin, thus causing rashes. Furthermore, all cockroach waste is a potential allergen to all people. Even dead cockroaches are known to cause allergic reactions. Therefore, there is no safe way to live with roaches in your house.

The Effects of Having Cockroach in Your Home

The effects of cockroach infestation in your home are all related to the allergic reactions which they trigger in people. There are several symptoms that have been associated with the presence of cockroaches so far.


Symptoms of allergic reactions from cockroaches:

  • Itchy and red, watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Postnasal drip where mucus flows behind your nasal cavity and into your throat instead of the other way
  • Skin rash
  • Itchy skin
  • Cough
  • Stuffy and running nose

In the event that cockroaches are triggering an allergic reaction in someone who has asthma, the following symptoms may be experienced:

  • Wheezing sound while breathing out
  • Pain in the chest or chest tightness
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Trouble when sleeping due to coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath

What Is Roach Rash?

Roach rash is an inflammation characterized by an itchy sensation that also inhibits your skin’s ability to heal. The antigens that cockroaches produce are similar to those produced by dust mites. This disruption happens in 3 hours after exposure with the insect, and will often trigger an aggressive inflammatory response that leads to roach rash.

How Do I Get Roach Rash?

People get this rash when a cockroach crawls on their skin or when they come into contact with the insect’s waste. However, the mystery of how some people are able to sit still as this insect crawls on their skin is unknown to researchers.

Furthermore, these pests also have the ability to trigger atopic dermatitis -- a condition which many people generally refer to as roach rash, although the symptoms are slightly different from those of roach rash.

What Does Roach Rash Look Like? 

In the event that these pests cause atopic dermatitis on your skin, the symptoms will manifest in form of itchy red rashes which mostly develop in children. This rash is red in color and scaly in appearance, and mostly affects the face, the neck, and the fold of the arms and legs. These symptoms may manifest alongside those which were mentioned above.

Professional Pest Control Services Is the Best Solution

Cockroaches can be a tricky pest to get rid of on your own. There are many reasons to hire a professional pest control company including: 

  1. A pest control company has a team of professionals who are trained in eliminating all types of pests not limited to roaches alone.
  2. A licensed pest control technician possesses this knowledge and is able to administer the proper dosage of chemicals in the appropriate places at the right time.
  3. Professionals can determine the proper technique for eradicating cockroaches. Other pest-control technicians even specialize in green pest control procedures – which is a skill that you may not have.
  4. A professional stands the best chance of finding the source of the problem. Once they eliminate the source of the problem, the cockroaches will be gone forever.
  5. And finally, there is the element of saving time and money. The services of a professional pest control company like Big Time Pest Control are quicker and more effective than if you tried them on your own. Also, when you think of the cost implication of having cockroaches in your home for a long time, you will quickly realize that a pest control service is the best option.

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