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.
There are some key asthma tests your doctor will use in diagnosing asthma. Some asthma tests, such as lung (or pulmonary) function tests, measure lung function. Other asthma tests determine if you are allergic to specific foods, pollen, or other particles. Blood tests give a picture of your overall health; specific tests also measure levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE), a key antibody that’s released during an allergic reaction. While everyone makes IgE, people who have allergies make larger quantities...