A Few Uncommon Asthma Triggers To Consider

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If your child has recently been diagnosed with an asthma condition, then you should speak with an allergist or an asthma specialist about treatment. Both long term medications will be needed and so will emergency ones. Along with the use of medications, you should do your best to avoid some common asthma triggers. Some triggers may not be as obvious as others. Keep reading to learn about a few triggers that may not be immediately apparent. 

Cockroach Waste

Cockroaches are common in areas that are warm and that have a lot of people or homes in one location. The insects can also be found where food and water is present. If you live in a warm part of the county or in a city, then cockroaches may be seen on occasion. Even if you do not see cockroaches, the insects may leave behind wastes and skin remnants. Both of these things can cause allergic reactions and they can also cause asthma attacks as well.

If you have seen cockroaches before, then it is wise to prevent the pests from returning. Keep all food areas clean, remove any puddle or areas of standing water, and also get rid of clutter in areas where the cockroaches may hide. 

Also, make sure to clean areas where cockroaches are likely to leave fecal matter behind. Corners, inside drawers, on shelves, along baseboards, and under appliances are a few areas to clean. Use wet cleaning methods when cleaning so the waste is not released into the air you and your child are able to breathe. 


Some people who develop asthma are extremely sensitive to certain medications. Some medicines can actually cause asthma attacks. Aspirin is one of these medicines. If you have given your child aspirin and an asthma attack occurs soon after, then the aspirin may be the cause. This may also be true if an attack occurs when your son or daughter has taken a different type of NSAID like acetaminophen. 

Also, if you took acetaminophen while pregnant, there is research that suggests that your child is more likely to develop asthma, especially when acetaminophen is consumed. 

If you suspect that an NSAID pain reliever is causing an asthma attack, then ask your child's physician or asthma doctor if testing can be completed to find the possible allergy or trigger. This way you can understand which types of pain relievers can and cannot be given to your child. For more information, contact a business such as Cookingham Allergy & Asthma Associates, P.C.


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