Asthma is a condition involving narrow and swollen airways in the lungs that produce extra mucus. Because of this, affected individuals may have difficulty breathing and be predisposed to coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. For many people, exercise or physical activity in general is a trigger for asthma symptoms. Although asthma cannot be cured, symptoms can be managed by using medication and learning to recognize triggers for asthma attacks. Treatment usually centers on prevention and long-term control for keeping asthma attacks from starting.
Organizations exist to connect affected individuals with resources, specialists and support to manage asthma symptoms.