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How should you watch for cockroaches as a trigger for allergic asthma?

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These pests are everywhere but are most common in cities and in southern U.S. states. They eat and drink the same things you do: water and leftovers. But they (and their droppings) can trigger asthma flares. To prevent them, keep food stored in the fridge or in an airtight container, wash dishes right after you use them, sweep up any crumbs, and plug any holes or cracks that let cockroaches get inside. You can also set out traps. If you see any roach droppings, sweep them up right away and put them in the trash. And keep a lid on your trash can inside and take it out often.

From: Allergic Asthma Triggers to Watch For WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

UptoDate: “Trigger control to enhance asthma management,” “Patient education: Trigger avoidance in asthma (Beyond the Basics).”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Allergens and Allergic Asthma.”

Environmental Protection Agency: “Asthma Triggers: Gain Control.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Indoor Allergens,” “Spring Allergies.”

CDC: “Common Asthma Triggers.”

Environmental Health Watch: “Controlling Asthma Triggers in the Home.”

American Lung Association: “Reduce Asthma Triggers.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 29, 2019

SOURCES:

UptoDate: “Trigger control to enhance asthma management,” “Patient education: Trigger avoidance in asthma (Beyond the Basics).”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Allergens and Allergic Asthma.”

Environmental Protection Agency: “Asthma Triggers: Gain Control.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Indoor Allergens,” “Spring Allergies.”

CDC: “Common Asthma Triggers.”

Environmental Health Watch: “Controlling Asthma Triggers in the Home.”

American Lung Association: “Reduce Asthma Triggers.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 29, 2019

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