Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Roach Asthma

asthma and cockroach
This article is a continuation follow-up of the series of articles on Avoiding Your Asthma Triggers.

You Ask-Can Cockroaches Affect My Asthma?

You Ask-Where I Find Cockroaches in My Home? 

  1. Kitchens
  2. Bathrooms
  3. Dining rooms
  4. Bedrooms
  5. Grease
  6. Crumbs
  7. Pet food
  8. Left out food
  9. Food cans

To Reduce Cockroach Exposure 

  1. Empty garbage cans often and keep the lid closed at all times.
  2. Keep food out of bedrooms and limit to only certain rooms.
  3. Do not accumulate empty food and drink cans.
  4. Do not leave uncovered food lay out.
  5. Clean kitchen countertops and floors at least every week.
  6. Seal holes and cracks on the exterior of your home that cockroaches can enter.
  7. Consider poison baits or traps for under stoves and refrigerators. 
If you use insecticide sprays, do not spray where you prepare your food or where you may have children crawling or sleeping. 

YES! Cockroaches are insects with six legs and two pairs of wings that are common throughout globally, but especially in crowded cities. Proteins from the cockroaches saliva, droppings, and shed insect body parts can trigger asthma symptoms.

Can Cockroach Worsen Your Asthma

Cockroaches are normally attracted to dark, humid ( a relatively high level of water vapor in the atmosphere) and warm places in your home like:-

Cockroaches do not like light and will scatter( move in various random directions) when a light is switched ON.(a trick to remember if you are trying to discover the pesky pests hiding places) Cockroaches will feed on many different things like:-

Any place where these things accumulate is a potential place for cockroaches.

Sanitation (the practice of protecting health through hygienic measures) is the key to prevent cockroaches in your home. These simple tips can go a long way to prevent cockroaches from spreading:

The above explanation may sound very simple-BUT believe it or not-main simple factors which we can do to avoid our or our children’s asthma symptoms then looking for asthma treatment.