It’s an interesting question of why, if nose breathing is “correct,” do we not do it naturally. In Body, Mind, and Sport, the author talks about how infants nose-breathe until at some point they can’t because of congestion, and they shift to mouth breathing, and it’s a stressful, urgent experience. But it seems like we would revert back to nose breathing once the emergency was cleared, if nose breathing really were the right way to breathe, all the time. So I don’t know. Anybody else have some input?
Just as taking prednisone can cause side effects, reducing the dose may cause problems as well. Prednisone is not addicting like a narcotic, but many patients experience withdrawal symptoms as the dose is reduced. These often include muscle soreness, joint pain, fatigue, and depression. Know that these effects are also temporary and worth bearing to allow a cutback in your dose. If you experience any unusual symptoms as your prednisone dose is reduced, contact your doctor. It may be necessary to temporarily increase your steroid dose until you are feeling better and then taper the dose more slowly.