Cockroach Allergies – Are You at Risk?



When you hear about allergies, you probably think about pollen and dust. But do cockroaches ever come to mind? They might, considering they can trigger asthma and allergies for some people. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that “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.”

Scientists discovered in the 1970s that cockroach allergens can trigger scratchy throat, itchy eyes, and asthma attacks in those allergic to them. These acute attacks could last up to several hours. Research has shown that “the frequent hospital admissions of inner-city children with asthma often is directly related to their contact with cockroach allergens—the substances that cause allergies. From 23 percent to 60 percent of urban residents with asthma are sensitive to the cockroach allergen.”

Scientists have theorized that cockroach allergens are affecting children so much nowadays because they spend more time indoors, where the allergens are typically found. In addition, socioeconomic factors play a large role because residents of low-income housing are affected the most.

The AAFA suggests that “cockroach [allergies] should be suspected, though, when allergy symptoms—stuffy nose, inflamed eyes or ears, skin rash or bronchial asthma—persist year round.” If cockroach allergens are discovered in your home, the best option is to call pest control experts or to use non-chemical traps to rid your home of roaches. Also, quickly remove trash and garbage, and use antihistamines, decongestants, and anti-inflammatory medications to control nasal and sinus symptoms.

Enter Our “Biggest Football Fan” Photo Contest for a Chance to Win a $100 Gift Card

Contest prize

Prize: $100 VISA gift card and teddy bear

Summer’s over, fall is here, and that means football season has already kicked off. Here at Filters Fast we want to know about your favorite football team and how much you love them. That’s why we’re hosting the Biggest Football Fan Photo Contest. Send us a photo that best showcases your support for your favorite team and represents you as a fan. The winner receives a $100 VISA gift card and a stuffed teddy bear from Filtrete Filters.

To enter the contest, follow these easy steps:

1. “Like” our Facebook page.

2. Post a picture that best represents you as a football fan on our wall or e-mail your photo directly to and we will post it on the wall ourselves.

3. Tell your friends to “Like” our Facebook page so that they can “Like” your photo.

4. After your photo is posted, people will vote on the best photo by “liking” the image.

Voting begins today, Monday September 19, and ends at 3pm on Friday September 30. The photo with the most “Likes” at the end of the week wins the contest.

Your photo can be anything that highlights how big of a fan you are of your favorite team. Whether it’s a snapshot of you tailgating with friends and family, wearing your favorite player’s jersey, or even holding your team’s memorabilia, we’d love to see it! So, tighten up your laces and send us some photos!