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do cockroaches spread disease

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Dr. Michael Gabor
33 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Not enough info: Cockroaches have been implicated as carriers for multiple different diseases, so it depends on which one you contracted.
Dr. Daniel Ziegler
30 years experience Emergency Medicine
Wrong question: There is no true "cockroach disease" but they can trigger asthma. Roaches dwell in sewers and feed on feces and corpses, then deposit organisms on sur ... Read More
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
41 years experience Internal Medicine
Cockroaches : Cockroaches are capable of passively transporting microbes on their body surfaces, therefore allowing the transmission of bacteria between people. Not ... Read More
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Dr. Dan Fisher
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Very rarely.: Have been known to transmit salmonella when they carry bacteria on their body. Health risk is actually low. More distasteful than dangerous. See cdc ... Read More
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Dr. Dareen Siri faaaai facaai fisaai
21 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Cleaning mold/roach: If you do this for a job, please check in with your employer about safety precautions. For the casual home owner, i would recommend eye protection, pr ... Read More
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Dr. Randy Baker
40 years experience Holistic Medicine
Medicine & food: Cockroaches have been used for millennia in chinese medicine for "blood stagnation" (improving circulation), treatment for stoke & dementia & appears ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
60 years experience Family Medicine
Cockroach bite: Cockroaches do not bite humans. However there are a lot of other creatures do bite humans.
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: The presence of cockroach is unhealthy since they carry diseases transmissible via food contamination. Some people become allergic to them leading t ... Read More
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Dr. Paul Carter
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Anyone: Anyone can develop allergy to cockroach. Cockroaches are one of the most prevalent insects on the planet. Most, if not everyone, has had enough expo ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Steven
30 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
It's everywhere: Cockroach is a common allergen, and lasts for years after the cockroaches are gone. It seems to me that many people become sensitized to cockroach by ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Insecticides can be toxic. They should only be used as directed.

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