I contracted a small cold in December which caused my first minor asthma episode and was taken to the ER. That day I decided to quit smoking totally. But I have discovered that ever since then my breathing has taken a turn for the worse. I have several acquaintances that have been experiencing severe breathing complications after having contracted a cold. They are on several asthma drugs that they have never found necessary ever before. I was a victim of minor asthma even before I contracted this cold, but have never had such problems before. It is only now that I have started feeling my nose bloating up and constriction in the chest. I want to know whether such colds do not ever go away or make asthma very bad altogether. I have been reading many articles about asthma getting worse after a cold. I was prescribed Prednisone for seven days after that episode and then on Advair which made me feel as if the rear of my throat was bloating and constricting. So I was weaned off Advair, prescribed Serevent and now have been put on Flovent. My doctor initially told me that I was suffering from asthma, then he felt that it was some kind of allergy that I was suffering from and now he feels that all I have is a cold. I have a big doubt whether this is an adverse reaction of having stopped smoking totally. But isn’t stopping smoking really supposed to improve your condition. Any way I am extremely frustrated with the whole thing and would be extremely grateful if someone could shed some light on the matter as soon as possible and suggest some solution for me at the earliest. Please do get in touch with me if you can help me in any way possible as I am getting extremely desperate now.