Hi, I am quite a newbie to asthma having been diagnosed mild six weeks ago at the age of 43. I just have a blue inhaler for use as and when I need it. I have got a cold at the moment and wondered if a coughing fit the other day was actually an attack. I couldnt stop, reached for the inhaler and I coughed out my first puff, luckily held down the second and that calmed it down. Wondering about going to docs as they said come back if not well managed and will think about a preventer. I hardly use my inhaler, but this past week or so its been needed a few times. So difficult to know whats a cold and whats asthma. I also find it worse going it in the cold and definitely when there's high pollution and evening air filled with woodsmoke (eventhough I live in southeast London, fashionable woodburners!).