Controlling Cockroaches to Prevent Asthma Symptoms
Exposure to cockroaches may increase
asthma symptoms. 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
Do not leave food lying around the
Do not leave pet food and water out overnight.
Clean up food spills right away.
Do not leave garbage in open containers.
sticky traps that catch cockroaches and can be thrown away.
If you use cockroach bait or poisons, get the kind that come in ready-to-use childproof containers.
Chemicals can irritate the bronchial tubes, which carry air to the lungs. So
chemicals are not 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.
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.
Some asthma symptoms may develop days before breathing tests show a significant decrease in lung function. Yet, in some situations the symptoms develop suddenly. The most common symptoms of asthma or an attack include:
Coughing, especially at night or during exercise
Wheezing or losing your breath easily
Tightness in the chest
Runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, and other typical allergy or cold symptoms
Fatigue and weakness, especially during exercise