I developed adult-onset exercised-induced asthma about
8 years ago. I'm sure I must have had a cold/flu within the past 8 years but I don't recall it ever triggering an asthma-like episode. Last week I developed a cold and started having trouble breathing. I needed to use albuterol around the clock, which I have never had to do before, and even this did not fully relieve the breathing difficulties. I finally went to see a doc and she just said it's typical for an asthmatic to develop bronchitis when they get colds/flus and gave me a prescript
ion for prednisone. Since prednisone scares me (I know someone who actually died from its side-effects
) I asked for an anti-inflammatory inhaler instead but she said that won't work and insisted I take the pred. Do I really need to resort to such heavy-duty stuff? Couldn't I eventually recover on my own? Is this common for asthmatics to need something extra when they get a cold? Why wouldn't a steroid inhaler help? Should I expect to have to go through this every time I get a chest cold/flu from now on? It scares me to think I'm going to need medical attention every time I get a simple cold now.