The Perception of Asthma Severity in Children

Lindsay Still, William K. Dolen

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The ability to perceive the onset and severity of symptoms of worsening asthma is important, not only for initial diagnosis but also for early identification of an asthma exacerbation and prompt management. There are subjective and objective methods for identifying symptoms. Symptom perception is affected by multiple mechanisms, and not all patients can accurately perceive symptoms of airflow limitation. Hyperperceivers will report substantial discomfort in the face of minimal bronchoconstriction, and poor perceivers will report no symptoms even in the presence of severe obstruction. The use of objective measures of airflow limitation is essential for such patients. Regimens for training perception in children and adults have been studied and are available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number50
JournalCurrent Allergy and Asthma Reports
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016


  • Asthma
  • Peak expiratory flow rate
  • Perception
  • Resistive load training
  • Spirometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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