Asthma Specialist

Steven Schnipper, MD PC -  - Allergist

Steven Schnipper, MD PC

Allergist located in Murray Hill, New York, NY & New Rochelle, NY

Asthma is a major cause of shortness of breath, for both adults and children. At the offices of Steven Schnipper MD PC in Murray Hill, Manhattan, and New Rochelle, New York, expert allergist Steven Schnipper, MD can help you learn to manage your asthma symptoms and prevent asthma attacks. To learn more about asthma and available treatments, call the office nearest you to book an appointment or request your appointment online today.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that affects your breathing. Your airways are the passageways that deliver oxygen from the outside world to your lungs. If you have asthma, your airways are constantly inflamed. They swell even more and become narrow when something triggers your symptoms, like exercise, chemical fumes, intense emotions, or an allergy.

Asthma ranges from mild to severe and life-threatening. Because allergies are such an important cause of asthma, identifying these allergies is crucial. Dr. Schnipper can help you identify your triggers and help you avoid them. He can also give you appropriate medications to treat and even prevent symptoms.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Depending on the severity of your asthma, you might get infrequent asthma attacks or symptoms that are always present. Telltale signs and symptoms of asthma include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing when you breathe
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing attacks

If you start getting more frequent asthma attacks or if your breathing difficulties are worsening, you should book an appointment with Dr. Schnipper to adjust your treatment accordingly. If you have a severe asthma attack with no improvement when you use an inhaler, you should seek emergency medical care immediately. However, after your acute episode, Dr. Schnipper can help plan ways to keep you from having additional severe episodes.

How is asthma treated?

Your asthma treatment plan is unique to you. Dr. Schnipper evaluates your case and helps you identify specific triggers to try and avoid. The most common way to treat asthma is with drugs. Dr. Schnipper might also recommend getting allergy shots to treat an allergy that worsens your asthma symptoms. 

Your treatment plan for asthma might include:

Long-term drugs

Dr. Schnipper might prescribe you medications to take daily to prevent asthma attacks or control ongoing symptoms. Some come in the form of pills that you take by mouth, while others are inhaled. He tells you how to take your long-term drugs to get the most out of them. If you use your long-term drugs properly, you won’t need to use fast-acting drugs as often.

Fast-acting drugs

Fast-acting drugs are medications that you take in the event of an asthma attack to control your symptoms immediately. Dr. Schnipper might advise you to use them to open your airways before exercising too. 

For more information about asthma and management strategies, call Steven Schnipper MD PC or book an appointment online today.

Emergency rooms are fine for treating acute symptoms. However, an allergist will approach asthma differently. Allergists don't simply treat symptoms. Rather, allergists try to identify the allergic and non-allergic triggers for your asthma so you can better control your symptoms. In other words, allergists address the underlying triggers for asthma to keep you from having symptoms in the first place. Every patient receives his own asthma treatment plan. It may include environmental control measures to avoid allergic triggers as well as appropriate medicines. Medications may include daily or as-needed asthma sprays or pills. In some patients, allergy shots may be appropriate.  

For more information about asthma and management strategies, call Steven Schnipper MD PC or book an appointment online today.