Diagnosing asthma in adolescents
This section deals with special considerations for asthma in adolescents and young adults. It should be used in conjunction with the general Diagnosis and Management sections of this handbook.
For younger adolescents, the general guidance for diagnosing and managing asthma in children will apply in most situations. By mid-adolescence (around 14–16 years), the general guidance for diagnosing and managing asthma in adults will apply in most situations.
Note: Various age ranges are used to define adolescence.1 In this handbook ‘adolescents’ refers to people aged approximately 12–18 years and ‘young adults’ refers to people aged 19–24 years, acknowledging that hormonal changes that accompany puberty may begin before age 12 and maturation may continue beyond age 24.
In this section
General considerations when providing health care for adolescents and young adults
Considerations when investigating new or re-emerging asthma-like symptoms in adolescents and young adults
- Sawyer SM, Afifi RA, Bearinger LH, et al. Adolescence: a foundation for future health. Lancet. 2012; 379: 1630-1640. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22538178