Asthma is a lung disease that can make breathing difficult. Without careful management of asthma, some people can have symptoms, like a tight feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, coughing, or wheezing.
About one out of every eleven people in Massachusetts currently has asthma — 10.2% of adults and 12.9% children. The prevalence of life time and current asthma among adults is higher in Massachusetts than the nation.
Although there is no cure for asthma, people with asthma can live healthy, active lives. Well-managed asthma, including a safe and healthy environment, helps to reduce asthma symptoms.