Cockroach Allergen

Any cockroach body part-derived allergen; 30 to 75% of children in US inner cities are allergic to cockroach allergen, in contrast to almost no children in the suburbs; cockroach allergen appears to worsen asthma symptoms more than either dust mite or pet allergens; cockroach allergens are the primary contributor to childhood asthma in inner-city home environments
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Cockroach allergen exposure is common in inner-city residences and was considered to be an important influence on the high rates of asthma among inner-city children (IOM 2000).
Although unappetizing, it had the desired effect: Exposure to the dog-house dust greatly toned down immune reactions in the mice that were exposed to a common trigger, cockroach allergen.
Moreover, several studies conducted in urban communities have reported significant reduction in cockroach populations and cockroach allergen levels after implementing an IPM intervention (Wood et al.
The levels of cockroach allergen in relation to cockroach species and allergic diseases in Thai patients.
Although it is now clear that cockroach allergen is a significant contributor to asthma [15,16], the data on the prevalence of cockroach allergy in young inner-city children are limited.
As many as 98 percent of urban homes have detectable levels of the cockroach allergen
Approximately 10 percent of homes had cockroach allergen levels above the threshold for triggering asthma symptoms.
Researchers found inner city children allergic to and exposed to cockroach allergen had longer periods of coughing and wheezing and more time off school than these other sources of allergies.
Cockroach allergen levels were higher in high-rise apartments.
From this research, Brenner and fellow researchers have developed a cockroach allergen detection kit.
Asthma researchers found extremely high levels of cockroach allergen in the bedrooms of inner-city children suffering from asthma, according to a new medical study published Wednesday.
Exposure to cockroach allergen in sensitized individuals can cause asthma exacerbation (Institute of Medicine [IOM], 2000) and exposure to mold among sensitized individuals is associated with asthma exacerbation (IOM, 2004).