Cockroach, Pet, and Chemical Allergies

Cockroach Allergies

If cockroaches are a problem in your home, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests some ways to get rid of them:
 
  • Do not leave food or garbage out
  • Store food in airtight containers
  • Clean all food crumbs or spilled liquids right away
  • Try using poison baits, boric acid, or traps first, before using pesticide sprays.
     
If you use sprays:
 
  • Do not spray in food preparation or storage areas
  • Do not spray in areas where children play or sleep
  • Limit the spray to the infested area
  • Follow instructions on the label carefully
  • Make sure there is plenty of fresh air when you spray
  • Keep the person with allergies or asthma out of the room while spraying.
     

Pet Allergies

If you or your child is allergic to furry pets, especially cats, the best way to avoid allergic reactions is to find the pets another home.
 
If you are like most people who are attached to their pets, getting rid of the pet is usually not a desirable option. There are ways, however, to help lower the levels of animal allergens in the air, which may reduce allergic reactions:
 
  • Bathe your cat weekly and brush it more frequently (ideally, a non-allergic person should do this)
  • Keep cats out of your bedroom
  • Remove carpets and soft furnishings, which collect animal allergens
  • Use a vacuum cleaner and room air cleaners with HEPA filters
  • Wear a facemask while cleaning the house and cat.
     

Chemical Allergies

Irritants such as chemicals can worsen airborne allergy symptoms, and you should avoid them as much as possible. For example, if you have a pollen allergy, avoid unnecessary exposure to irritants such as insect sprays, tobacco smoke, air pollution, and fresh tar or paint during periods of high pollen levels.
 
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