I do not yet know if I have asthma or not, so firstly sorry if I am not supposed to be here. My Doctors have never yet mentioned asthma, but as I now have two inhalers (reliever I have had about 2 months, and Preventer I have had about 2 weeks) to 'see if they help my breathing' I am thinking asthma is looking likely. Although I am not a doctor!
Anyway, my question is about one of the two main times I need to use the reliever when I am near people that are smoking, have just been smoking or any other kind of smoke like a bonfire. I have suddenly started to notice how many people smoke in college, and while they are happily stood their smoking, I start coughing, wheezing and desperately not wanting to feel embarrassed using my inhaler while they are standing next to me. I just end up feeling so stuck and struggling. But scared of talking to the person about it.
Their are quite a lot of people in my class that smoke too, so I have problems when we are out on practical's, only then It is mixed with needing to exercise as well, which is the other thing that I have problems with. Again, I am really struggling with when to take my inhaler. The doctor who gave it to me said quite specifically to ""use it when I am struggling to breath, gasping or breathing quickly"". So, does this mean that when I am near smokers I do not even use it, because smoke makes me cough or wheeze, only exercise makes it hard to breathe. But I have now started trying to use it when the smoker has gone if I can, sometimes that seems a bit late though.
I am just a big stuck with it all, and what it is best for me to do.
Please can someone help.