Cockroach bites on humans look like tiny, raised bumps on the skin. These bites are similar to mosquito bites but are larger. Some people also get clusters of bumps around the area of the bite. Some people may even experience rashes from the cockroach bites. The bumps can take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks to heal.
Although cockroaches do not spread disease through their bites, their waste can be contaminated with bacteria and viruses. It is important to clean and disinfect the affected areas of the skin to prevent infection. You can use rubbing alcohol to disinfect the area. Do not scratch the area, as scratching the affected area may cause more damage to the skin.
Afterwards, use a cold compress or ice pack on the bite. This will reduce the swelling and reduce the itching. You can also apply an antihistamine over the affected area. If the itchiness persists, you should seek medical attention. If the bites have turned into a red, swollen blister, you may need to use topical antihistamine.
Although cockroach bites don’t transmit any disease, they can cause irritation and an itchy rash. If you are allergic to cockroaches, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. The itchiness is a reaction to the histamine released by the cockroach’s saliva. If you feel the itching and swelling is severe, you should consult a doctor. Using antihistamine medication can reduce the itching and inflammation associated with cockroach bites. Alternatively, applying hydrocortisone cream can also reduce swelling and itchiness.