Cockroaches – as much as they are universally despised they will probably always be around in some way. Cockroaches conjure images of filth and decay, and most people understand how difficult it can be to rid you home of them once they’ve set up shop. Did you know that researchers have come to find that cockroaches may be playing a role in the development of asthma in some humans? It’s true. Here’s what you need to know about cockroaches and asthma.
An Allergic Response
People with asthma have sensitive lungs. What may not bother a person without asthma can cause an allergic response in the lungs of a person who was born with a predisposition for asthma. For some people, the more they are exposed to certain things the more a problem they can become for them and their allergies, such as pollen and cat dander.
The Cockroach Piece to the Allergy Puzzle
OK – gross out warning. When a home or building is infested with cockroaches the air can be filled with debris from decaying cockroach bodies and their excrement. Researchers have found in cities with significant problems with cockroach infestations that the cockroach debris in the air is stimulating an allergic response in the lungs of people who live in these places, such as children, who have issues with asthma. They tested air quality and found that cockroach debris is the number one air pollutant to trigger asthma symptoms in children born with the allergic tendency to cockroach allergens.
In homes where children who had the tendency to have allergic reactions to cockroaches but didn’t have a high level of cockroach infestation, they were less likely to suffer from severe asthma symptoms. So, it’s pretty cut and dry that cockroaches are a health hazard in more ways than one to the health of young children.
The Bottom Line
If you are a person who has a tendency to have an allergic reaction to cockroach debris it’s very important to live in a home that is free of cockroaches. If you find you have difficult to control asthma this is even more important. Reduce you or your child’s exposure to known allergens in an effort to help control asthma symptoms. This is a way to improve your health and your quality of life.
If you have a cockroach infestation and you need help, call he experts at GreenArmy today for help.