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Why are cockroaches an asthma trigger?

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Cockroach droppings contain a protein that's an asthma trigger. Cockroaches need water to survive and they thrive on what you leave behind. They're less likely to be a problem in a clean, dry house. Fix leaks, keep food in containers, don't leave out dirty dishes, clean the kitchen after meals (including under appliances), and take out the garbage regularly. Also block any openings through which cockroaches could enter from outside, including windows, wall cracks, and floor gaps.

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic. WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise. WebMD Features. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic. WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise. WebMD Features. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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