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Exposure to cockroaches may increase asthma symptoms. Cockroaches leave behind particles from their feces, eggs, and shells that can cause an allergic reaction. 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 home:
Chemicals can irritate the bronchial tubes, which carry air to the lungs. So chemicals aren't 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. If 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.
Other Works Consulted
Portnoy J, et al. (2013). Environmental assessment and exposure reduction to cockroaches: A practice parameter. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 132(4): 802–808. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2013.04.061. Accessed March 26, 2014.
Current as ofApril 18, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family MedicineJohn Pope, MD, MPH - PediatricsMary F. McNaughton-Collins, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine
Current as of:
April 18, 2018
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics & Mary F. McNaughton-Collins, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine
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