|Volume 5 Issue 229 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Aug-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Aug-2003||Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Information for patients: Cockroaches, asthma, and allergies
Cockroaches are one of the most common and allergenic of indoor pests.
Recent studies have found a strong association between the presence of cockroaches and increases in the severity of asthma symptoms in individuals who are sensitive to cockroach allergens.
These pests are common even in the cleanest of crowded urban areas and older dwellings. They are found in all types of neighborhoods.
The proteins found in cockroach saliva are particularly allergenic but the body and droppings of cockroaches also contain allergenic proteins.