Many of us suffer from allergies to pollen, wheat and dairy. But did you know that you could also be allergic to pests? Pests can be very dangerous to your health if you have an allergy to them.
If you have regular contact with a specific pest, you may develop allergies to it. Young adults and children are particularly susceptible to this. Symptoms range from having a slight runny nose, to going into full anaphylaxis shock. This is why it’s so vital to keep pests out of your home.
Now we’re going to look at some of the more common pests, and what the potential health problems are that they can cause.
- Dust Mites – The clue is in the name, dust mites create dust. This dust can trigger allergic reactions, which inflame the nose, lungs and eyes. If you have long-term exposure to dust mites, it can cause lasting damage to your health in the future.
- Cockroaches – People who have asthma are particularly at risk from a cockroach infestation. The faeces, saliva and dead bodies of the cockroaches will make the symptoms of asthma increase, causing breathing difficulties and triggering asthma attacks. Other allergic reactions they cause can involve itchy skin, throat, nose and eyes.
- Bees – When you have an allergy to bee stings, just one sting is life threatening. People who are allergic to bee stings have medication on their person at all times. There are precautions you can take to avoid being stung by a bee. Brush them off your skin instead of swatting at them so they don’t feel threatened and want to attack. Try not to wear too bright a colour or use strong smelling perfumes if you know bees are about. Covering your skin will also help if you think you may be stung outdoors.
Medical treatments are available for allergies of all types. The best way to deal with the allergies caused by pests is to eliminate the pests. I personally use and trust the guys over at Catch-It Ltd in London, who always make sure that our home remains pest free and keeps our family allergy free.