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Raghu Sabharwal, MBBS, MD*; Balbir Malhotra, MD, DNBF; Daljit Singh, MBBS; Swarnjeet S. Bhullar, MBBS; Mandeep Singh, MBBS; Nirmal C. Kajal, MD, FCCP; Bharat Bhushan, MD
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Nadia Kajal High School Government Medical College, Amritsar, India


Chest. 2007;132(4_MeetingAbstracts):513c-514. doi:10.1378/chest.132.4_MeetingAbstracts.513c
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PURPOSE: This study analyses our observations of Cockroaches as one of the most comman and allergenic of indoor pests.

METHODS: In the present study, 60 diagnosed cases of asthma, between age group 6-50 yrs with history of nasobronchial allergy and presence of wheezing (Study group) and 40 persons with no symptoms (Control group) were included . Intradermal test with cockroach allergens (Both male and female allergens) were done in each subject in both the groups and results of skin tests interprated .

RESULTS: In the study group 52 patients (86.6%) showed the positive skin reaction, while in the control group only 3 persons (7.5%) showed positive skin reaction. In study group 30 patients (50%) reacted to male allergen and 22 patients (36.6%) reacted to female allergen, while 17 patients (28.34%) reacted to both the allergens.

CONCLUSION: Cockroach allergen is an important cause of nasobronchial allergy and asthma in human beings.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Cockroaches are one of the most comman and allergenic of indoor pests. There is a strong association between the presence of cockroaches and increase in severity of asthma symptoms among the people who are sensitive to cockroach allergens.

DISCLOSURE: Raghu Sabharwal, No Financial Disclosure Information; No Product/Research Disclosure Information

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