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How can I prevent an allergic asthma reaction to insects?

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Many homes have cockroaches and other insects. Some people with asthma are allergic to their droppings. To prevent an allergic asthma reaction, try these things:

  • Use roach baits or traps.
  • Use insect sprays, but only when no one is at home. Before you or your child returns home after spraying, make sure your home has been aired out for a couple of hours.
  • Cockroaches survive in humid environments, so fix water leaks in and around your home.
  • Cover food, clean dishes, and sweep floors after eating.

SOURCES:  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: "Asthma and Allergy Prevention: Survive the Seasons." CDC: "Asthma and Allergies." WHO/WAO Meeting on the Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma: "Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 27, 2018

SOURCES:  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: "Asthma and Allergy Prevention: Survive the Seasons." CDC: "Asthma and Allergies." WHO/WAO Meeting on the Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma: "Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 27, 2018

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