What are the symptoms of asthma in adolescents and when should you bring them in for asthma diagnosis and treatment? banner

By westgate June 28, 2023

What are the symptoms of asthma in adolescents and when should you bring them in for asthma diagnosis and treatment?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that can affect people at any age; identifying and managing asthma is especially important for adolescents’ overall health and well-being. What are the asthma symptoms to watch out for and when should you bring your adolescent in for diagnosis and treatment?

Symptoms of asthma in adolescents include:

  • Wheezing, a high-pitched whistling sound during breathing due to narrowed airways caused by inflammation.
  • Coughing, especially in the evening or at night, or when accompanied by physical activity. Coughs related to asthma can be dry or paired with increased mucus production.
  • Shortness of breath or feeling like you can’t get a deep breath, particularly during physical activity or when exposed to allergens.
  • Tightness in the chest, usually with shallow breathing or discomfort in the chest area.
  • Fatigue despite adequate rest. A decline in physical performance can also be a symptom of asthma in adolescents.

If you notice symptoms of asthma in your adolescent, it’s time to bring them to a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. This is especially true if you notice symptoms that persist or recur, even if they seem mild. An early asthma evaluation can improve long-term management and prevent symptoms from worsening. Other signs that it’s time to see a doctor include:

  • Daily activities that are impacted or impaired due to symptoms, especially sports, exercise or school activities.
  • Disrupted sleep or nighttime wakings can indicate uncontrolled asthma and impact daytime functioning.
  • A severe asthma attack characterized by rapid breathing, difficulty breathing or discoloration of the lips or facial tissues. This is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.

Adolescents may complain of asthma symptoms, or you may notice them yourself. Either way, if your adolescent has symptoms of asthma, a timely diagnosis can mean the difference between effective management or a lifetime of negative impacts. A family physician can evaluate asthma symptoms, perform diagnostic tests, prescribe management medication and develop an individualized treatment plan to help your adolescent manage their asthma and enjoy a healthy, active, fulfilling life. To schedule a visit with Westgate Family Physicians call (864) 574-0070.