When you were diagnosed with asthma did they measure your blood oxygen levels? Did they give you a peak flow meter so you could evaluate your own condition?
Maybe this diagnosis is just relevant for your current viral issues and you will not struggle with asthma as a chronic condition. It is pretty common to have virally triggered asthma, but I think that's generally true only for people who have asthma. In other words, you probably should consider this a lifelong issue and get prepared for another round of wheezing and extensive coughing in future episodes of upper respiratory infections.
The trick to managing asthma is to actually manage it effectively. This means becoming aware of your lung function. You can do this by becoming familiar with peak flow measurements, and knowing what your normal is and when you need to start treating an oncoming asthma flare.
You really should have a rescue inhaler just in case.
You should also plan in future to always always always get a flu vaccine. You should probably also talk to your regular DR about vaccines for pneumococcol (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pneumo/default.htm).
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Pentasa (3g/day)generic Colazal ( 96 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), psyllium (1/2T daily), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11. Colonoscopy found no evidence of inflammation on 8/16/1