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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can asthma be triggered by roaches? i heard that they can trigger asthma attacks?

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Dr. Leila Wing
Dr. Leila Winganswered
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Possible: Asthma can be triggered by environmental allergens such as pet dander and insects like roaches. Best to avoid known triggers. Triggers can be different in different people.
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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Cockroach allergy is common, especially in the inner city. If you have asthma, getting tested to learn your triggers and develop a plan is very valuable.
Jan 10, 2012
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 30 years experience
Absolutely: Cockroaches have been known to allergic triggers for decades. They are classically a problem in inner cities presumably because of the dense housing, potentially less than ideal cleanliness and the difficulty eradicating them. If you have asthma you should be seen by an allergists to identify your triggers and initiate appropriate environmental controls.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

I was just wondering why does cold weather trigger my asthma attacks?

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Dr. William Galli
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 28 years experience
Cold air can: Cold air is dryer and this may tigger bronchospasm of the airways. Also running on hot days can cause this as well since the air will be heated and humidified via nasal passages. Cold air is a direct irritant to the airways. Use a scarf and this may help. Also maintain good inhaler(controllers) use. Try an act score to determine how well your asthma is controlled. You can find on the web.
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