Hi Ceebee, I have just joined and was reading your question. Have you tried Advair? I'm 34 and was born with asthma. While most people outgrow it, I have severe allergies so I have had no such luck. I struggled with every combination of meds (when they finally came out with something other than Asbron) until Advair came out. The dr. put me on that as soon as he had the chance and I wouldn't trade it for the world! I use Ventolin or Albuterol as a rescue inhaler. Especially during Spring and Fall. But I can actually go a few days before I have to use the rescue inhaler if the allergens aren't there. That is something I never thought would be possible!! When I get sick with a cold it automatically goes to my lungs so I do have a nebulizer that I use when that happens. I recommend Advair to anyone that has asthma. It sure doesn't hurt to try it.
What type of dr. are you going to now? The one that actually started me on the Advair was my OB-GYN, believe it or not, but then he found a great allergy dr. for me. My OB is a "women's health" and not just a "women's" dr. if you know what I mean... It really helps to find one that will listen. I went through the same thing. My dr. that I had after my pediatrician kept brushing it off like it was in my head until I finally landed in the hospital for two weeks. I almost died too. I literally popped a hole in my lung trying to get air into it! You could see me blow up like a balloon! The Advair takes about 2 weeks to start getting the full effects. I take one puff twice a day and yes, you definitely need to rinse your mouth out. The hoarseness and sore throat is probably coming more from the inhalers. That's where mine comes from. My inhaler also causes my tongue to crack and stay sore - gross I know... The prednisone is probably the thing that will have the worst side effects. Weight gain, heart racing, etc. I have found that after using the Advair regularly about a week, I have no side effects. I have been on it for about 4 years now and wished it had came out soooo very long before that. I have Singular too but I have found that I don't need it as much now since the Advair has kicked in. I think once you get off of the Prednisone and really get going on the Advair, you'll be able to tell a bit of difference. I hope anyway. Just try it. Let me know what side effects you're having. I'll see if they ring a bell. It's been awhile. Anything I can do to help, pleeassse let me know!!!