Hi, I'm new here. I've always had issues with my chest but not diagnosed with asthma until a couple of years ago when it was decided I got asthma whenever get a cold so only needed a reliever for those occasions. This has worked well til now. In 2014 in order to get a Repeat prescription I had to see the asthma nurse. She asked me to use a peak flow meter which I did and the results weren't brilliant but they weren't that bad either. They wanted me at that time to go on a steroid preventer but I said I didn't want to. They agreed I could monitor and come back if I felt things were getting worse. Two weeks ago I caught this horrible coughing virus that's going around and the cough and the wheeze got so bad that I went to see my GP. They listened to my chest and said that I had a bad infection was very wheezy and that I needed to start taking a steroid preventer. I also have a course of antibiotics. I am supposed to go back in one months time for them to check whether the preventer is actually helping. Has anybody else found that after an infection of this type they have had to continue taking a preventer or once you're clear of the infection do you go back to how you were before?