Approximately 25 million Americans suffer from asthma, and it is possible to successfully manage the disease to avoid complications. The key to living well with asthma is to learn about your illness and follow your asthma management plan as developed in collaboration with your doctor.

Asthma is a chronic disease that causes airways to become inflamed, making it hard to breathe. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing and chest tightness, each of which can lead to a medical emergency.