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Allergies: Controlling Cockroaches

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Cockroaches leave behind particles from their feces, eggs, and shells that can cause an allergic reaction. These particles, called antigens, can travel through the air, and you can breathe them into your lungs. They can cause coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, and trouble breathing. You may even have an allergic reaction when you get cockroach antigens on your skin.

Just getting rid of the cockroaches isn't enough, because their antigens stay behind. These particles can cause allergic reactions for years after cockroaches are gone.

Here are some steps you can take.

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Current as of: March 1, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
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