Many adolescents who experience asthma symptoms, including wheezing and coughing, go undiagnosed and often go untreated for the respiratory disease. These findings, from a new study, were published recently in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. If left untreated, asthma can have significant consequences, including sleep disruption, missed school days, and limited activity levels.
In the study, 123,000 North Carolina children aged 12 to 14 watched a video showing children experiencing asthma symptoms. Afterwards, the participants were asked whether they had ever experienced any of the symptoms the children in the film demonstrated. The researchers learned the following about the participants and asthma-like symptoms: