Cockroach bites can feel like a sharp needle and can be painful. Their saliva contains an enzyme that causes your skin to swell. Cockroaches are omnivorous feeders and use their mouthparts to gnaw on food. The bites they make are usually small and may leave a red mark.
If the bites are severe, seek medical attention as soon as possible. A doctor can determine the type of infection and determine the appropriate treatment. Generally, a cold compress will relieve swelling and pain. You can use ice cubes wrapped in a paper towel or clean cloth. Avoid using regular ice cubes. Bagged frozen food will not melt as quickly as regular ice cubes do. In addition, antihistamines can help relieve itching.
Cockroaches carry a variety of pathogens and bacteria. These pathogens can cause diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid fever, and plague. Cockroach bites can also trigger allergic reactions. Fortunately, most people only experience mild symptoms and do not require medical attention.
Cockroach bites are generally harmless, but they can cause infections, especially in those with sensitive skin or allergies. If left untreated, the stings may cause an infection and lead to serious illness. To minimize the risks, it is best to clean the bites thoroughly with soap and water immediately.