Dana Jane Saltzman, MD LAc -  - Primary Care Physician

Dana Jane Saltzman, MD LAc

Primary Care Physician & Acupuncturist located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY

Asthma

For those in and around New York City and Midtown Manhattan dealing with of asthma, Dr. Saltzman offers the most effective treatments to get patients breathing effortlessly. At her practice, patients can find relief from the coughing and shortness of breath related to asthma with the help of advanced medical treatments.

Asthma Q & A

by Dana Jane Saltzman, MD LAc

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition of the lungs which presents with inflammation and narrowing of the air passages. People with asthma frequently experience chest tightness, coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Usually coughing takes place early in the morning or late at night. When the air passages are swollen and something is inhaled which irritates them, the muscles in the air passages can tighten and become inflamed and breathing can become more difficult. Cells in the airways can also produce a mucus which is thick and further narrows the air passages. When all these reactions stack up, asthma symptoms take place and breathing is extremely problematic. 

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Asthma?

Normally experienced symptoms of asthma include:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing, a whistling or squeaky noise which occurs when breathing

Symptoms can vary from person to person and having symptoms does not guarantee that an individual has asthma. The best way to be sure that asthma is present is to have a lung function test performed by the doctor. Specific substances, called triggers, can cause an asthma attack or flare up. Frequently triggers include:

  • Allergens such as mold, pollens, dust, animal dander, and cockroaches
  • Physical activity
  • Irritants such as sprays, cigarette smoke, chemicals, and pollution
  • Medicines such as aspirin, other NSAIDs, and nonselective beta-blockers
  • Viral upper respiratory infections like colds
  • Sulfites in beverages and foods

How is Asthma Treated?

When dealing with asthma, it is important to cope with symptoms effectively and avoid triggers which can make the condition worse. Regularly, two types of medications are employed to help asthma symptoms either long-term medications and quick-relief or rescue inhalers. The particular types utilized will vary based on the person’s reaction to the medications. Inhalers are frequently used for treating asthma. Some inhalers are meant to be used daily to prevent symptoms from developing while others are meant to be used when symptoms suddenly occur and are particularly severe. Most medications utilized are inhaled corticosteroids. These medications relieve inflammation.

Insurance and Billing

We accept most major insurances. Please see the full list of plans that we accept. If you do not see yours, please call our office to see how we can help. However, insurance does not cover addiction treatments.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
CareConnect
Cigna
GWH-Cigna (formerly Great West Healthcare)
Meridian Health Plan
Multiplan PHCS
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
UMR
United Healthcare PPO
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr. Dana Jane Saltzman is a fantastic doctor in NYC! She is trustworthy...Every time I see her, she spends time listening to me and...I also trust her referrals."

    Emily H.
  • Yelp

    "I was super impressed with Dr. Saltzman's demeanor, patience, and professionalism...liked that she emphasized a combination of holistic...and...western medicine..."

    Nina S.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Saltzman has changed my life. She understands holistic practices, and she doesn't just treat a symptom. She will help you treat root causes...to keep you healthy."

    Bambino D.
  • Vitals

    "Real, down-to-earth, empathetic and no nonsense. It was a rare experience to meet a caregiver that was so knowledgeable and easy to talk with."

    Don H.
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Saltzman really got me, understood my issues. She is a great diagnostician and also knows when to refer and who to refer to."

    M. C.
  • Vitals

    "I feel really lucky to have found Dr. Saltzman. She really listens, her staff including her PA are amazing...they take time to handle any of your issues."

    Ana
  • RateMDs

    "I like Dr. Saltzman's approach of incorporating alternative medicine- I works for me and I don't have cold as often as I used to."

    Verified Patient
  • RateMDs

    "Great. Dr. Saltzman listens and uses traditional and preventative methods for maintaining and treating your overall health."

    Verified Patient
  • Google+

    "Dr. Dana Jane Saltzman is wonderful. Down to earth, extremely professional and experienced in multiple areas. Internal Medicine, Acupuncture...highly recommend [her]."

    Marlee B.
Dana Saltzman, MD LAc
33 West 46th Street
5th Floor
New York, NY 10036