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Asthma and Cockroaches-Are They Your Asthma Trigger?

Asthma and Cockroaches-Are They Your Asthma Trigger?

Globally disliked, the cockroach is not only a health hazard but many studies also point to the ‘roach as a potential asthma trigger. It has long been suspected of being especially threatening to some asthma sufferers.

Many asthma sufferers have to beware of ‘roaches. Children especially are susceptible to asthma attacks triggered by the cockroach. Research has shown the cockroach has a specific protein in its saliva and its droppings that can trigger an asthma attack.

The active ingredient in the protein is potent for several months, mixing in with the regular house dust. This makes it almost impossible to be rid of straight away even when the infestation has been eradicated. So, how do we get rid of this protein? A combination of knowledge and common sense goes a long way.

Don’t Give Them a Home

Cockroaches are reputed to have a nervous system that survived the ice age, so what they lack in looks they have in survival skills by the bucket load. They can live happily in almost any home. A clean well-kept home is just as attractive to them as a dirty house. What they do like is dampness. Dampness is most commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms so check yours for leaks.

Their next requirement is food. Crumbs from the toaster, scraps of left-overs, food left lying on a kitchen worktop, etc., are gifts to the cockroach. It will call its friends to feast on your food. They will salivate and defecate in your home, spreading more of the protein which may trigger the next asthma attack. Keep your kitchen clean and free from even the tiniest morsel of food left lying around. Do not take food to any other part of the house as they are sure to track it down there too.

Fumigating May Be an Answer

If you live in an apartment block, check with the other residents before you fumigate. Cockroaches will scarper off to a neighboring apartment at the first sign of fumigation and then return when it is safe to do so.

Older houses are more likely to have well established colonies of cockroaches, to the point of taking over the structure of the house. The studies showed that the incidence of asthma attacks was higher among people who lived in older, damper houses. If your home is in this category, all is not lost. You just have to become more vigilant than ever and persist until your home is rid of them. Examine you entire house for gaps or cracks in the floors, ceilings and walls where the ‘roach can live undisturbed. Should you suspect there are cockroaches in your home or in your neighbourhood, call in an exterminator immediately.

If you prefer to look into the problem yourself, there is a selection of anti-cockroach devices on the market. However, this presents an additional risk as it is possible these devices themselves could trigger an asthma attack: read the instructions carefully. Subsequent forward step is to look up in http://whatasthmais.com/ with an alternative solution about how to cure asthma.

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