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By Arthur H. Katz, MD
July 22, 2020
Category: ENT Care

Sinus infections are common ENT disorders. Coming on after a cold or chronically, due to structural problems or repeat infections, bouts with sinusitis may become debilitating. At the Munster, Crown Point, and Olympia Fields IN offices of otolaryngologist, Dr. Arthur Katz, patients find substantial relief through sinus treatment plans. Feel better and get back into life! Talk to your Sinusitis Munster IN specialist today.

That awful sinusitis

US News and World Report say that 37 million Americans struggle with a single bout, or repeated episodes, of sinusitis annually. Nasal passages and the air-filled cavities inside the skull become irritated and inflamed due to colds, flu, allergies, bacteria, or structural abnormalities.

Symptoms of Sinusitis in Munster IN patients include:

  • Headaches, especially behind the eyes, forehead, and back teeth
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Fever
  • Congestion and post-nasal drip
  • Copious mucus production (green, yellow, thick and lasting upwards of 10 days)
  • Cough
  • Bad breath
  • Impacted social and occupational function due to fatigue (according to Harvard Health)
  • Mouth-breathing

Symptoms may escalate after the flu or a cold and simply seem to hang on and on.

Diagnosis and sinusitis Munster IN treatments

If you experience lingering sinus symptoms or several occurrences of sinusitis during the cold and flu season, contact Dr. Arthur Katz in his office. He'll ask you about your symptoms and anything which may worsen or alleviate them. He may examine your sinuses with X-ray imaging and/or a thin, lighted scope.

With results in hand, Dr. Katz may advise any or a combination of interventions to get you some relief:

  1. Nasal irrigation with a Neti pot
  2. Warm compresses to the face
  3. Steam treatments from the shower or hot water in a bowl
  4. Sleeping with the head of the bed elevated
  5. Saline, steroidal, or antihistamine sinus sprays
  6. Mucinex, or other oral nasal thinner
  7. Antibiotics
  8. Allergy testing to pinpoint triggers in the environment
  9. Removal of nasal polyps
  10. Repair of a deviated septum (the partition inside your nose)
  11. Balloon sinuplasty to compressed tissue overgrowth and inflammation
  12. Adequate hydration (keep your water bottle handy)
  13. Blowing your nose gently, one nostril only at a time
  14. Reduction of risk factors such as smoking

Come see us

Please don't suffer. Receive expert sinusitis Munster IN treatments from Dr. Arthur Katz, your experienced ENT physician. Call us for an appointment at one of our three convenient offices. In Munster IN, phone (219) 934-9396. In Crown Point, call (219) 769-8441, and in Olympia Fields, reach our office at (708) 747-6900.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
July 07, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Caring for Your Hearing Aids

With the amount that hearing aids help us through the day, it is important that the hearings aids function to their best capacity. But the truth is that they can be pretty delicate, moisture and debris can cause your hearing aids to malfunction. Your ENT in Munster, Crown Point, and Olympia Fields Dr. Arthur Katz believes that it is very important to help patients understand the importance of caring for your hearing aids in order to prolong their lifetimes. Read on to learn about some common things you can do to care for your hearing aids.

 

Some Common Tips To Taking Care Of Your Hearing Aids

  • Washing your hands before handling your hearing aids: this can prevent debris and oils from getting on your hearing aids, as well as make sure that you are not allowing germs and bacteria to get on them and therefore into your ears.
  • Store your hearing aids in a dry place: hearing aids can malfunction when they come into contact with moisture.
  • Change filters or wax guards: making sure any wax or debris is removed can assure that your hearing quality is not being deterred in any way.
  • Do not wear your hearing aids in the shower: also as important, do not wear them while swimming, or any other instances where moisture may get to the hearing aids.

 

Learn More About Hearing Aids From The Professionals

While scheduling regular appointments with your otolaryngologist can be very important, it is just as important to learn how to take care of your hearing aids while at home. This will ensure that you can continue to hear at your very best. If you live in or around Munster, Crown Point, or Olympia Fields, Indiana, Dr. Katz and his professional team can be your source of information for your Ear, Nose and Throat care needs. For your convenience, we have three office locations to make sure that you can get the care you need. Call our office at (219) 934-9396 for our Munster, IN location, (219) 769-8441 for our Crown Point, IN location, or (708) 747-6900 for our Olympia Fields location to set up an appointment today.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
July 06, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Asthma  

Is your asthma under control? Wheezing, coughing and tightness in your chest may mean that your asthma treatment needs some fine-tuning. A visit to Our Olympia Fields, IL, Crown Point and Munster, IN, otolaryngologist Dr. Arthur Katz can help improve your breathing and your comfort.

What symptoms should I be concerned about?

Asthma affects the airways in your lungs, causing them to swell, narrow and produce more mucus than normal. These changes make your lung work harder and cause breathing difficulties. Symptoms of asthma may include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chest Pain or Tightness
  • Pain in Your Upper Back or Shoulders
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble Sleeping

How is asthma treated?

Your Munster, Crown Point or Olympia ear, nose and throat doctor may recommend one or more of these treatments:

  • Short-Acting Bronchodilator Inhaler: Commonly called “rescue” inhalers, short-acting bronchodilators provide fast-acting relief of asthma symptoms. The inhalers improve your breathing for a few hours and are used if you experience a sudden flareup of your symptoms.
  • Long-Acting Bronchodilator Inhaler: Long-acting inhalers relax and open your airways and work for 12 hours. You’ll use them twice a day to keep your symptoms under control.
  • Oral Asthma Medication: These pills also provide long-acting relief for asthma symptoms and are taken once a day.
  • Medications for Underlying Conditions: If allergies or gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) symptoms trigger your asthma symptoms, you may benefit by taking medications to control these conditions. Allergy shots may be recommended in some cases. The shots decrease your sensitivity to allergens and gradually reduce allergy symptoms.
  • Flu and Pneumonia Vaccinations: It can be much more difficult to recover from the flu or pneumonia when you have asthma. A yearly flu shot is a very good idea if you've been diagnosed with asthma. The pneumonia shot provides protection from multiple types of pneumonia bacteria and is recommended for everyone 65 and older and adults ages 18 to 65 who have asthma or other respiratory diseases.

Regular visits to Dr. Katz can help you manage your asthma symptoms. Schedule an appointment with him by calling (219) 934-9396 for the Munster, IN, office, (219) 769-8441 for the Crown Point, IN, office, or (708) 747-6900 for the Olympia Fields, IL, office.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
April 23, 2020
Category: ENT
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

A serious sleep disorder, sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops repeatedly and then starts again during the night. If you snore and feel unrested following a full night’s rest, you may be suffering from sleep apnea without even knowing it. The primary forms of sleep apnea include the following:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: This is the most common sleep apnea type and it occurs when your throat muscles become excessively relaxed.
  • Central Sleep Apnea: This occurs when the brain does not transmit proper signals to muscles responsible for controlling breathing during sleep.
  • Treatment-Emergent Central Sleep Apnea: Also called complex or mixed sleep apnea, this occurs when an individual has both central and obstructive sleep apnea.

If you suspect that you may have some kind of sleep apnea, you can consult with Dr. Arthur Katz of Munster, IN, Crown Point, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL.

What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

The muscles at the rear end of the throat support your tonsils, uvula, soft palate, and the sidewalls of your tongue and throat. For those with obstructive sleep apnea, these muscles relax so much that the airway closes or narrows during a night's rest. You won’t be able to obtain enough air, which could reduce your blood oxygen levels.

Consequently, the brain will sense this reduced breathing capacity and will wake you up so that your airway can reopen. This awakening, however, is typically so brief and abrupt that you may not even remember it. You might gasp, choke, or snort before repeating this pattern up to more than 30 times per hour, all through the night, impairing your ability to get truly restful and restorative sleep.

What Causes Central Sleep Apnea?

This form of sleep apnea happens when the brain can’t send proper signals to the breathing muscles, stopping your breathing for a short time. You may wake up with shortness of breath and sweaty and may have trouble staying asleep and/or going back to sleep.

When to Visit Your ENT Doctor

Loud snoring could signal potentially serious health issues, but do note that not all people with sleep apnea snore. Visit your ENT doctor in Munster, Crown Point, or Olympia Fields if you experience any of the sleep apnea symptoms indicated above. The right treatment could relieve your symptoms and help keep complications such as a heart attack or stroke at bay.
 

Need More Details on Sleep Apnea? We Can Help

Reach out to us here at Arthur H. Katz, MD, to set your appointment with Dr. Arthur Katz. Dial (219) 934-9396 to reach our Munster, IN, office, (219) 769-8441 to reach our Crown Point, IN, office, and (708) 747-6900 to reach our Olympia Fields, IL, office.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
December 30, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: hearing loss  

It’s important to understand and pinpoint the symptoms of hearing loss.

Just like fine lines and wrinkles, hearing loss also develops over time. Therefore, it isn’t always obvious when you are dealing with hearing loss, especially during the early stages. Our Olympia Fields, IL, Crown Point and Munster, IN, otolaryngologist Dr. Arthur Katz wants to make sure that you get the care you need to treat hearing loss early on. This means being able to spot the warning signs of hearing loss.

The main types of hearing loss include,

  • Sensorineural hearing loss: the most common type caused by damage to hair cells
  • Conductive hearing loss: a less common form of hearing loss that results in damage or trauma to the outer or middle ear
  • Mixed hearing loss: this is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss

The symptoms of sensorineural hearing loss include,

  • Having trouble understanding women and children
  • Having trouble hearing certain sounds like the phone or the doorbell
  • Hearing people but don’t know what they are saying
  • Having difficulty understanding words with consonants such as s, h, f or th

The symptoms of conductive hearing loss include,

  • Trouble hearing out of one ear more than another
  • Pressure or pain in one or both ears
  • Trouble hearing soft sounds no matter the pitch

Mixed hearing loss can affect one or both ears and symptoms of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss may be present.

While we often associate hearing loss with adults, children can also develop hearing loss. Soon after your child is born your doctor will perform a newborn infant hearing screening. Of course, not all forms of hearing loss are detected at birth. Symptoms of childhood hearing loss include,

  • Speech delays
  • No startle response to loud noises
  • Poor academic performance
  • Behavioral issues
  • A learning disability

General symptoms of hearing loss include,

  • Voices sound muffled
  • It sounds like people are mumbling
  • You ask people to repeat themselves often
  • You have trouble understanding conversations in noisy environments
  • You often watch lips rather than make eye contact with talking
  • You can’t pinpoint where a sound is coming from
  • You find yourself exhausted after social events
  • You experiencing ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
  • You have trouble hearing people on the phone

If you are having trouble understanding those around you then it warrants scheduling a hearing screening with our ENT team. Call one of our offices in Munster or Crown Point, IN, or Olympia Fields, IL, today to schedule a consultation.





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