Roaches and cats will make you go blind

   Roaches and cats will make you go blind

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A new study shows that allergens in cats and roaches can be problematic for increased glaucoma risk.  Whether you believe the hype or not I can tell you that cockroaches definitely cause issues for the respiratory system.  I can give you all the facts and links but first I will tell you a story from the field.

Knoxville pest control roache     I was treating a severely infested home for german roaches when in conversation the grandmother told me that the 2 young boys were going to be diagnosed with asthma by the doctor that same day.  I told her to tell the doctor that they had a bad roach problem and to hold off on the diagnosis.  Evidently it is a big deal to diagnose a minor with asthma due to pre-existing condition policy.  I informed her that the doctor needed to examine the children after the roach problem was under control and then they could go from there.  Fortunately this doctor understood the situation.  After several treatments the roaches were gone and the grandmother reported to me that the doctor found it unnecessary to diagnose either child or even treat them because all the symptoms were gone.  Having roaches in your home is far more of a problem than the icky factor.  It can be dangerous.

Here is what of the National Pest Management Association has to say on the subject.

“Cockroaches have many negative consequences for human health because certain proteins (called allergens) found in cockroach feces, saliva and body parts can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma symptoms, especially in children.

Cockroach allergy was first reported in 1943, when it was noted that certain patients developed skin rashes immediately after the insects crawled over their skin. Allergy skin tests were developed in 1959, which confirmed patients’ cockroach allergies. Subsequent studies have firmly established that cockroach allergens can act as a trigger for acute asthma attacks.

The National Cooperative Inner-City Asthma Study (NCICAS) found that asthmatic children with both a positive skin prick test to cockroach allergen, and a high exposure to cockroach allergen in the bedroom were more likely to have wheezing, missed school days, nights without sleep, and unscheduled medical visits and hospitalizations for asthma. Approximately 23 percent to 60 percent of urban residents with asthma are sensitive to the cockroach allergens. However, the risk of asthma from cockroach allergen exposure and allergy is not limited to children. The study also found that cockroach allergy was associated with more severe asthma among elderly asthmatics in New York City.

Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic respiratory disease. Unfortunately, it directly affects the quality of life for almost 25 million Americans, including an estimated 7 million children. Millions more are impacted as family members of persons with asthma. Although there is no cure for asthma, it can be controlled through medical treatment and management of environmental triggers – such as cockroach allergens.

Cockroaches can also passively transport microbes on their body surfaces including pathogens that are potentially dangerous to humans. Cockroaches have been implicated in the spread 33 kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella species, six parasitic worms and more than seven other types of human pathogens.

E. coli and Salmonella are classic causes of food poisoning, or gastroenteritis. Common symptoms include belly pain, severe stomach cramps and tenderness, diarrhea which can sometimes be bloody, nausea and vomiting. Some people can experience severe diarrhea, which will cause dehydration and may require hospitalization. In rare cases, the bacteria can spread to the blood stream and cause life threatening infections.

People can mitigate cockroach problems and protect their health through barrier exclusion and cleanliness. Barrier exclusion involves preventing cockroaches from entering the home through places, such as small cracks in the walls and spaces near electric sockets, and up through drain traps. Having a clean and sanitary home will make it less inviting to cockroaches.

     Here’s a list of some things to do to protect your home and family:

  1. Keep counters, sinks, tables and floors clean and free of clutter. Clean dishes, crumbs and spills right away.
  2. Store food in airtight containers, and always avoid leaving food out (including pet food!).
  3. Seal cracks and gaps in walls, floors and openings around or inside cabinets. Condo- and apartment-dwellers should also seal gaps around plumbing, wall outlets, and switch plates.
  4. Run water periodically in spare bathrooms and little used sinks.
  5. Scan children’s backpacks when they return home, as well as grocery items before storing them.
  6. If despite all these measures, you discover a cockroach infestation in your home, contact a pest professional for assistance with elimination and prevention.”
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