I have felt that gargling warm water (some add salt, too) can help my dry throat, at least for a little while. hard candy can work, but for something a little healthier, a vit C drop is good too, and can give a bit of immune boost too.
I totally understand not wanting to use your inhaler. i hate mine, and i only have very occasional asthma. But if you aren't getting enough air, neither is your baby. talk with your practitioner about this, but if you truly need it, use it!
Mama to Butterfly, B(ee), Bug, and Laniecakes