Sunday, February 6, 2011

Cockroach Can Raise Asthma

Below is the aricles about how antibody is link to Asthma and how child responses to cockroach and mouse proteins and respiratory and allergic symptoms.You might very hate cockroaches very nauch due to the ugly look but they are stroger reason for you to exaninate roaches in your house or work place.If you spot cockroaches at your or at home then asthma is one more disease you should be scared of.CHECK OUYT THE ARTICLES BELOW:

1.A newCockroaches and Mice can Raise Asthma, Allergy Risk in Kids
by Sreeraman via

Study has shown that developing antibodies to cockroach and mouse proteins is linked to a greater risk for wheeze, hay fever, and eczema in preschool urban children as young as three years of age.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, is the first to focus on the links between antibody responses to cockroach and mouse proteins and respiratory and allergic symptoms in such a young age group.

"These findings increase our understanding of the relationship between immune responses to indoor allergens and the development of asthma and allergies in very young children," said lead author of the study, Kathleen Donohue, MD, fellow in Allergy and Immunology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

During the study, the researchers found evidence that the likelihood of developing wheeze, hay fever, and eczema in preschool urban children was significantly increased among children who were exposed to antibodies of both cockroach and mouse allergens.

This study is part of a broader multi-year research project launched in 1998 by CCCEH that examines the health effects of exposure of pregnant women and babies to indoor and outdoor air pollutants, pesticides, and allergens.

The Center's prior research findings have shown that exposure to multiple environmental pollutants is associated with an increase in risk for asthma symptoms among children.

2. Cockroaches trigger asthma, allergy in children by: Neeraj Agarwal

Experts have observed that cockroaches are the main carrier that can trigger asthma and allergies in people, especially in children.

“One of the most common causes of asthma in children around the world is a house dust mite, which live in the mattresses, pillows, carpets in the house. The second most common cause is cockroaches. The droppings of these cockroaches are a major allergen and cause asthma in children,” says Dr Sanjeev Mehta, chest physician, Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai.

When most people think of allergy triggers, they often focus on plant pollens, dust, animals and stinging insects. In fact, cockroaches also can trigger allergies and asthma. A fact that is less known, he says.

An analysis done by group of doctors confirm that frequent hospital admissions of city children with asthma often is directly related to their contact with cockroach allergens.

Cockroach allergy was first reported in 1943, when skin rashes appeared immediately after the insects crawled over patients’ skin. Skin tests first confirmed patients had cockroach allergy in 1959.

In the 1970s, studies made it clear that patients with cockroach allergies develop acute asthma attacks. The attacks occur after inhaling cockroach allergens and last for hours.

Asthma has steadily increased over the past 30 years. It is the most common chronic disease of childhood, experts say.

Cockroaches are reported to spread 33 kinds of bacteria, 6 kinds of parasitic worms and at least 7 other human viral and bacterial pathogens and is significant cause of the alarmingly rise in asthma in urban areas, particularly in children, Dr Mehta says.

Cockroach allergen is believed to derive from feces, saliva and the bodies of these insects. Cockroaches live all over the world, from tropical areas to the coldest spots on earth.

If you are among those who crave for modern homes then there are more chances of you becoming prone to ‘Cockroach allergy’. Private homes, especially those which are well insulated harbour them in great number. When one cockroach is seen in the basement or kitchen, it is safe to assume that at least 800 cockroaches are hidden under the kitchen sink, in closets and the like, says the doctor.

Though, those in the field have their own say in the matter. According to the pest control firms, there are many products in the market that claims to uproot the problem.


  1. WE SHOULD BE AWARE IS THAT asthma is triggered by roach dust even after the roaches are gone. Clean the house thoroughly by wiping up the roach dust. Use an old, damp cloth that can be thrown away after use. Dead roaches, droppings, and eggs sacks are all evidence you can find after an infestation.