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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
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.
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.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerLora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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