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By Arthur H. Katz, MD
September 25, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: Asthma  

Asthma is a fairly common chronic respiratory condition that affects over 20 million adults over age 18 and over six million children under Kid with Asthmaage 18 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Asthma results from inflammation and constriction of the airway, which makes it difficult to breathe. Asthma flare ups (also known as asthma attacks) affect all asthma sufferers and can develop at any time, usually as a result of specific triggers that vary from person to person. Asthma can be managed with medication and lifestyle modifications designed to help identify and avoid triggers. Dr. Arthur Katz, an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor, offers asthma diagnosis and management in Munster and Merrillville, IN, Olympia Fields, IL.

Asthma Diagnosis and Treatment in Munster and Merrillville, IN, Olympia Fields, IL

There are a number of factors that can trigger a child or adult's asthma, but there are a few common signs and symptoms of asthma:

  • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
  • Pain and/or tightness in the chest
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing

Asthma Triggers

Common environmental allergens and pollutants and respiratory irritation can trigger an attack for asthma sufferers. Some of the most common asthma triggers include:

  • Environmental allergies
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Smoke (from tobacco and wood/grass burning fires)
  • Chemical/industrial pollutants
  • Respiratory irritation/cold and flu
  • Sinus infection

What is an Asthma Attack?

A couple of things happen during an asthma attack that makes it more difficult to get air in and out of the lungs, making it difficult to breathe: the lining of the bronchial airways become swollen and inflamed, the muscles surrounding the airway constrict, and the airways fill with mucus. Many asthma sufferers report experiencing more intense symptoms at night.

What to Do During an Asthma Attack

While there is no cure for asthma, it can be managed successfully with medication, asthma inhalers for flare ups, and lifestyle modifications designed to help minimize exposure to triggers. In cases of a severe attack, emergency medical treatment may be necessary to help stabilize and open the airway.

Find an ENT Doctor in Munster and Merrillville, IN, Olympia Fields, IL

To learn more about the risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options for asthma, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Katz by calling (219) 934-9396 in Munster, (219) 769-8441 in Merrillville, and (708) 747-6900 Olympia Fields.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
June 12, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: balloon sinuplasty  

Balloon SinuplastyDo you suffer from frequent sinus infections but aren't sure that you want to undergo sinus surgery? Balloon sinuplasty may offer a better solution for you. Otolaryngologist Dr. Arthur Katz provides a variety of treatment options for patients with sinus issues, including balloon sinuplasty. He sees patients from the entire South-Suburban and Northwest Indiana area in his Olympia Fields, IL, and Merrillville and Munster, IN, offices.

What is balloon sinuplasty?

During balloon sinuplasty, a small, deflated balloon is passed into your sinuses via your nostrils. Once the balloon is in place, it's slowly inflated. Inflating the balloon widens sinus passage walls by compressing the tissue. The procedure helps relieve congestion and allows more efficient mucus drainage. At the conclusion of balloon sinuplasty, your sinuses will be irrigated with saline solution to remove mucus from your sinuses.

What are the advantages of balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty offers several important benefits, including:

  • No Cutting: Endoscopic sinus surgery involves cutting and removing swollen tissue or pieces of bone that obstruct your sinus passages. There is no cutting in balloon sinuplasty.
  • Reduced Pain: You'll experience less pain after balloon sinuplasty than you would if you had endoscopic sinus surgery. In fact, most people in Munster, Merrillville, and Olympia Fields only experience mild pain that can be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers. You may have a sinus headache following the procedure, but it will probably only last for a few days.
  • No Need for General Anesthesia: General anesthesia used in endoscopic sinus surgery can cause nausea and vomiting after surgery. Fortunately, those issues won't be a problem with balloon sinuplasty. A local anesthetic will be used to ensure you don't experience any pain during the procedure.
  • Quicker Recovery: Patients who undergo endscopic sinus surgery may need several weeks to a month to recover from surgery. Balloon sinuplasty patients can usually resume their normal activities about two days after the procedure.

Are you tired of living with constant congestion, sinus infections and headaches? Minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty can relieve your symptoms. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Arthur Katz by calling (219) 934-9396 for the Munster, IN, office, (219) 769-8441 for the Merrillville, IN, office, or (708) 747-6900 for the Olympia Fields, IL, office.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
May 11, 2018
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinusitis  

Sinusitis (also commonly referred to as a sinus infection) is a common upper respiratory problem that affects close to 30 million American sinusitisadults according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because the symptoms can be similar, many people mistake a sinus infection for a cold, but a typical sinus infection can take weeks to clear up, as opposed to a few days for the common cold. There are two types of sinus infections: acute and chronic. Acute rhinosinusitis (ARS) usually clears up within four weeks, chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) lasts more than 12 weeks. Dr. Arthur Katz, an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor or ENT), offers treatment for sinusitis in the Munster and Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Falls, IL, area.

Sinusitis Symptoms and Treatment in Munster, Merrillville, and Olympia Falls

Most sinus infections are viral (caused by a virus), but some are caused by bacteria. (If your sinusitis is caused by a bacterial infection, you will be prescribed antibiotics.) Sinusitis symptoms vary and depend on the type and severity of infection, but the main symptom of a sinus infection is inflammation, which narrows the sinus cavity and prevents mucus from draining properly, causing fluid buildup and pressure in the sinus cavity.

The most common sinusitis symptoms include:

  • Pain, swelling, and pressure behind the eyes, forehead, and nose
  • Thick green or yellow nasal discharge
  • Post nasal drip
  • Headache and/or earache
  • Bad breath
  • Cough
  • Pain/pressure in the temples or jaw
  • Fever

It can be difficult to tell the difference between a sinus infection and cold or flu at first, but if your symptoms persist for a few weeks or you experience a high fever, schedule an appointment with an ear, nose, and throat doctor for an exam and diagnosis.

Find an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor in Munster, Merrillville, and Olympia Falls

To learn more about the symptoms and treatment options for sinusitis and other ear, nose, and throat problems, contact our office by calling (219) 934-9396 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Katz in Munster, (219) 769-8441 for Merrillville, or (708) 747-6900 for Olympia Falls.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
April 06, 2018
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Hearing loss can be very frustrating, but working with a professional can help you regain your hearing and your confidence. Understanding hearing aidsyour choices when it comes to hearing aids is one of the first steps you take in the process. Below are some of the types of hearing aids Dr. Arthur Katz prescribes for patients at his ENT practice in Merriville and Munster, IN and Olympia Fields, IL.

In-the-ear

For an almost-invisible approach to hearing enhancement, in-the-ear, or ITE, hearing aids fit snugly in the opening of the ear. Patients who have mild to moderate hearing loss often benefit the most from ITE hearing aids. Because they are so small, some of the ITE styles do not have manual controls, which may not provide the wearer with optimal hearing enhancement. Adequate dexterity is also needed to manage the smallest ITE aids effectively. There are, however, low-profile hearing aids which fit into the "bowl" of the ear and are easier to control. All ITE hearing aids have a variety of skin tone options to choose from, making them even more discrete.

Behind-the-ear

These hearing aids, known as BTE, fit against the top of the ear, often curving behind it, with thin plastic tubing that focuses sounds into the ear through an attachment at the other end. Some of our Munster, Merriville, and Olympia Fields ENT patients prefer BTE aids because they do not block the ear canal as fully as ITE aids. They are designed to match your skin tone, although you can choose bright colors and embellishments to match your personality as well! BTE hearing aids are typically more versatile, accommodating hearing loss that ranges from mild to profound.

Your ENT doctor, Dr. Katz, is available to help you determine which type of hearing aid will give you the best correction and comfort. To make an appointment, contact our office in Munster and Merrillville, IN and Olympia Fields, IL today.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
December 27, 2017
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Find out if your sleepless nights could be due to this common sleep disorder.sleep apnea

We know that lack of sleep is truly an epidemic for Americans. While bad sleep habits such as playing games on your smartphone before bed can lead to a night of tossing and turning, we also realize that sometimes there is more to it. If you find yourself waking up exhausted and spending the workday falling asleep at your desk, then you’ll want to learn more about sleep apnea from our very own Olympia Fields, IL and Merrillville and Munster, IN, otolaryngologist, Dr. Arthur Katz.

What is sleep apnea?

This common sleep disorder, which affects millions of Americans, causes pauses in breath throughout the course of the night. These pauses in breath may last only a few seconds or up to a few minutes. This is why some people with sleep apnea snore loudly or even wake up feeling as if they are gasping for air.

What are some of the ramifications of having this sleep disorder?

Whether you suspect that you might have sleep apnea or you were just diagnosed by our Olympia Fields, Merrillville and Munster ENT doctor, it’s important that you get the proper treatment you need. So, what happens if you don’t treat sleep apnea?

Well, first and foremost you won’t be getting the quality sleep you deserve. As you might already know, not getting the proper sleep you need can not just lead to extreme daytime exhaustion but can lead to depression and mood swings, as well. It can ruin your concentration and greatly impact your performance at work. It can also leave you prone to work-related injuries.

As if this wasn’t enough bad news, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can also put you at risk for other health problems such as:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Stroke

Luckily, we can help you to manage your symptoms, help you sleep better and reduce your chances of developing these health problems now or in the future. We can diagnose and provide you with the sleep apnea treatment you need to wake up finally feeling refreshed.

We offer three convenient locations in Munster and Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, to get the ear, nose and throat care you need. Whether you are plagued with severe allergies or sleep apnea, we are here to help. Call Dr. Katz today.





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