I'm 21 and I was diagnosed with asthma when I was a child - I have a blue reliever inhaler. I also have allergies to dust, pollen and animal furs. For the past 3 years I have hardly had to use my inhaler, only once every couple months or so, because I was living near the sea at university, where the air was better. But now I've graduated and moved back home where the air is more polluted and I've been commuting to London for an internship. I also stay overnight at a relatives house once a week, and she has a cat which triggers my asthma.
So for the past 3 months or so since I've been back home, I've had to use my inhaler around 1-3 times a week, usually while I'm staying at the house with the cat. That's not too bad to deal with, but recently for over a week now, I've been feeling short of breath - it's quite mild and I'm not wheezing but I have to keep taking deep breaths and it's pretty annoying and uncomfortable. It feels like I have this constant tightness in my chest. I've been using my blue inhaler about once or twice a day but it doesn't seem to be helping much and I'm trying not to use it too often when it's just a mild shortness of breath.
I've been a bit stressed lately with work related things and going for a job interview, so that is probably a factor.
So I was wondering what you guys think, should I just keep monitoring my asthma and using my inhaler when necessary, or possibly go to the doctors? I know there's the option of using a daily preventative inhaler, but I'm a bit hesitant to use further medication.