The past few years, something has started affecting me a lot worse. Gotta be something environmental, because it only happens at certain times of the year, right now being one of them. My chest gets tight and its hard to breathe/take a deep breath. Doctor gave me a rescue inhaler and one hit and I'm good, but not happy that I have to use something. It's not so much the smoke that bothers me, just being outside for long periods of time. Doesn't help that during the summer, Dallas often has warnings for Ozone Level Orange when the ozone gets bad.
Grif - I was given an inhaler at the hospital. I'm not real happy about having to use it either. I took a hit yesterday morning and have not had to use since and I'm breathing better than I have all summer. I will use the inhaler if I have to - going to the ER at 01:something in the morning wasn't fun either. Going to have my primary care run an allergy panel when I see him next week. Know what I was allergic to as a kid but probably big differences today. Something in the air or house has definitely been bothering me all summer.
I compound my own problems by smoking cigarettes. I'm down to a half pack or so a day and hope to totally "ween" off of them in next several weeks by using an electronic cigarette. My wife was a two pack a day smoker and has not had a real cigarette in over a month - she is totally on an e cigarette.