Help! Allergic to Dubias??

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Help! Allergic to Dubias??

Postby Lexylexyy » Sun May 12, 2019 11:47 pm

How do I know if I’m allergic to Dubia Roaches? And if I am, do I get the allergic reactions when I’m handling and cleaning them only??

also, how can roaches get mites in their bins??
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Re: Help! Allergic to Dubias??

Postby kingofnobbys » Mon May 13, 2019 2:46 am

Swap to something else for a week , it might be the insects or their fras (poo) that you are reacting to.

If when you change the symptoms go away ,it's the insects or their fras.
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Re: Help! Allergic to Dubias??

Postby Lexylexyy » Mon May 13, 2019 5:38 am

kingofnobbys wrote:Swap to something else for a week , it might be the insects or their fras (poo) that you are reacting to.

If when you change the symptoms go away ,it's the insects or their fras.


Okay! Will I only get reactions during handling the roaches?
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Re: Help! Allergic to Dubias??

Postby kingofnobbys » Mon May 13, 2019 8:57 am

Lexylexyy wrote:
kingofnobbys wrote:Swap to something else for a week , it might be the insects or their fras (poo) that you are reacting to.

If when you change the symptoms go away ,it's the insects or their fras.


Okay! Will I only get reactions during handling the roaches?


I'm not a MD, you need perhaps to have your GP do allergy screening IF you are indeed allergic to roaches (which I doubt as roaches are very fastidious and clean critters, they have to be survive and thrive in filthy situations).

Is more likely it's you are allergic to their fras or the molds that form on their food if it's not replaced before it forms molds.
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Lucky - cat attack rescue, fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
Wriggles - rescued injured ,thought she was a big lizard, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16. .
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Re: Help! Allergic to Dubias??

Postby JumpinJellyfish » Tue May 14, 2019 9:09 am

You could use thin latex (or other material if you have latex allergy) gloves to handle them and their equipment. I think you'd have to be kicking up a LOT of dirt/frass to be concerned about respiratory allergy, but if you are, you could use a painters mask.
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Re: Help! Allergic to Dubias??

Postby claudiusx » Tue May 14, 2019 9:33 am

Lexylexyy wrote:
kingofnobbys wrote:Swap to something else for a week , it might be the insects or their fras (poo) that you are reacting to.

If when you change the symptoms go away ,it's the insects or their fras.


Okay! Will I only get reactions during handling the roaches?


No, not only from handling. It can be from contact or the breathing in of particulates that causes the allergic response. But usually your symptoms will develop over time and become worse and worse, so you'll know as time goes on. It would be very unlikely to instantly develop anaphylaxis from your first exposure to them but it is possible. Gail who is a member here almost had to go to the er after being exposed to dubias. You might want to reach out to her, or ask her to post here for us.

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