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Asthma: Controlling Cockroaches

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Exposure to cockroaches may increase asthma symptoms. Cockroaches leave behind particles from their feces, eggs, and shells that can cause an allergic reaction. Cockroaches are a problem in many homes, especially in the southern part of the United States. Here are some steps you can take to remove cockroaches from your home:

Chemicals can irritate the bronchial tubes, which carry air to the lungs. So chemicals aren't the first choice for controlling cockroaches in the home. If you must use chemicals to kill cockroaches, be careful to keep children away from the treated areas. Follow all of the directions that come with the chemical. If you use a chemical spray, open the windows and doors during use and until all odor is gone. A person who has asthma needs to stay out of the house until the odor of the chemical is gone.


Credits for Asthma: Controlling Cockroaches

Current as of: October 26, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Mary F. McNaughton Collins MD, MPH - Internal Medicine


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