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Cockroaches and Asthma

The mere mention of cockroaches has one’s hair standing on edge. We associate these insects with filth, decay and thievery as they steal into our homes to snatch any morsel of food they can find. But did you know that if you have asthma, the invasion of cockroaches can be a very real danger for you? Cockroaches are known to cause allergic responses and for asthma sufferers, this response can aggravate the condition, not only making it harder to breathe but your inhalers work less effectively. The presence of cockroaches in your home is bad enough but if you have asthma, it can be life threatening and immediate action is necessary.

Asthma facts

Asthma is an inflammation of the airways, which causes a constricting making it harder to breathe. There is no cure for asthma but with a doctor’s care, this condition can be managed with a various medicines and inhaler treatments. Between 7-8% of adults and children in the United States suffer with asthma, which is a little less than 1 out of every 10 people. If someone in your family is afflicted with this condition, it is important to take the necessary precautions.

Asthma and its “triggers”

Asthma is typically aggravated by various triggers in the environment. Typical triggers are cold air, respiratory illness, stress, irritants such as dust, smoke or pollution, and common allergens like pollen, mold, animal dander and last—you guessed it—cockroaches. You might wonder why cockroaches are a common allergen. These filthy insects do more than just scurry around and steal food. They defecate wherever they go, first of all. Cockroaches also spread their urine, saliva and moltings all over your home. Not only are these excretions filled with all manner of diseases, but they induce allergy symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, wheezing and itching. If you have asthma, these symptoms may be exacerbated when your air passages swell, making breathing difficult.

Cockroach control is imperative to your health

When it comes to the general health of anybody, cockroach removal is essential to avoid contact with the diseases they spread, but for an asthma sufferer, it can be the difference between life or death. Asthma attacks are nothing to mess around with and without the removal of the trigger or proper medical attention, this can be life threatening. Gold Coast Pointe Pest Control is the answer for all your cockroach control needs. Call us today to keep you and your family healthy and free from this disgusting pest.