I used to have mild asthma when I was younger, but outgrew it gradually during my teenage years. Over the past year I've felt like it's coming back. I've had symptoms that remind me a lot of asthma, often when I am exercising, out in cold air (especially when actually exercising in cold air, I last about five minutes before I can hardly breathe), when I'm stuck in an enclosed space with allergens for a few hours, and occasionally I've even woken up at night because I can't breathe well. A few times even laughing really hard has triggered it, which is a new one for me.
Anyway, I brought it up with my GP and he says it does sound like asthma, and apparently it's not uncommon for asthma to disappear during the teenage years and then come back during the 20s (though I'm 30). He is sending me for a lung function test, but in the meantime prescribed an inhaler to use daily. I personally think this is overkill—I was never on daily medication when I was younger. I just used a Ventolin inhaler before exercise and as-needed if asthma was bothering me, and only ever ended up in emergency once with a (pretty mild) asthma attack. And something like Ventolin is all I really wanted when I brought it up, not daily medication ...
Anyway, I looked up this medication and it turns out it contains a steroid, which I REALLY don't like the idea of taking. I'm not supposed to start it until after I do this lung test, so I am going to bring up the fact that I don't want to take a daily medication right away and would rather start with just an inhaler I can use as-needed. I mean if I'm using such an inhaler a lot then obviously something daily would make sense, but to me it seems overkill to start with that.
I'm wondering if anyone here knows how an inhaled steroid might affect blood sugar, if at all. I've been on steroid nasal sprays for allergies and didn't notice any difference; are steroid inhalers the same, or do they have more of an impact? Am I unreasonable in not wanting daily treatment and only wanting something like Ventolin instead? My doctor claims asthma treatment has changed a lot in 15 years and daily medication is used instead of Ventolin now.