Asthma is a chronic condition that causes narrowing and inflammation of the airways. Asthma symptoms, and difficulty breathing, can be triggered by allergies, environmental conditions and even stress. Episodes can range in severity, but knowing your triggers will help you avoid attacks.

Attacks can’t always be averted, so keep a rescue inhaler on hand just in case. There is no cure for asthma, but with the latest medications, most people with asthma can control and minimize the symptoms while enjoying an active lifestyle.