Last year I moved to a retirement center. Within the first month, I got a stuffy nose that didn’t go away and a rash. Then I noticed a few cockroaches in my apartment. The building manager had my apartment sprayed with insecticide, but within a few months the cockroaches returned. I told my allergist about my symptoms and she diagnosed a cockroach allergy. I started to take over the-counter medicines and told the building manager about the problem. He told the residents how to prevent and get rid of cockroaches, like keeping food in containers with tight lids, and he had the building sprayed. – Victor, age 82
Cockroaches live in all types of buildings and all kinds of neighborhoods. Some people develop allergy symptoms when they are around cockroaches. Luckily, there are ways to treat a cockroach allergy and prevent and get rid of cockroaches.