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With or without insurance, you can get a quick, personalized allergy test when it’s convenient for you.Read more >
This 4-year-old recently ate some ice cream without having a reaction—did she outgrow her milk allergy?Read more >
Everyone has their own unique combination of allergic triggers and not all of them are obvious.Read more >
Anaphylaxis, also called anaphylactic shock, is an acute, life-threatening allergic reaction.Read more >
Digestive and gastrointestinal issues are closely tied to what you eat.Read more >
Does this 8-year-old run the risk of having a severe reaction to peanuts?Read more >
Food allergies are the body’s immune system reacting to something that is normally harmless to most people–like milk or eggs.Read more >
If you suspect allergies are the cause of your symptoms, it is important to consult with your healthcare professional to get properly diagnosed.Read more >
There are options when it comes to testing to identify allergic triggers.Read more >
After eating a bowl of fruit and nut cereal, this 8-year-old was covered in large hives—what caused her reaction?Read more >
Get answers to some of the most common questions about allergy.Read more >
If you seem to have an endless cold, you may actually have an insect allergy. Cockroaches in particular are everywhere, but are especially common in warmer climates and in crowded cities. They thrive in humid rooms (think bathrooms and kitchens), are more active at night so they will scatter when a light is turned on.
Cockroaches have a protein in their body parts, saliva, and waste that can set off allergy symptoms and asthma, even after they are dead. Your symptoms may be worse during or after cleaning your home because vacuuming, sweeping and dusting can kick the reaction-causing protein up into the air, making it easier to inhale.
An insect allergy can also be a common trigger of asthma. Studies show children who are allergic to cockroaches, and are exposed to them, need to go to the hospital for asthma more often, have more doctor’s office visits and more days of wheezing, too.1,2
Insect allergy symptoms are similar to hay fever or pollen allergy symptoms, but continue beyond the spring or fall seasons. Common insect allergy symptoms include:
And all of these symptoms can be caused by just about any allergy, so to learn if insects are the culprit, be sure to consult with your healthcare professional.
You may be so used to dealing with your runny nose that you might not consider asking for help. But how do you know if your symptoms are caused by an insect allergy or not? Testing can help your healthcare professional determine what’s behind the endless sneezing and sniffles, so don’t try to manage the problem on your own. A simple blood test—together with your medical history—can help identify underlying allergen triggers, if you have an allergy. And a blood test can be done even when you are taking antihistamines. Knowing if you’re allergic and what you’re allergic to can help you, or a loved one, avoid or minimize symptoms.