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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
November 13, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Find out the best treatment options for addressing your sleep apnea.

It is estimated that around 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea and that as many as 80 percent of those with moderate to severe sleep apneasleep apnea are undiagnosed. If left untreated this sleep disorder won’t just affect your academic or work performance but also your health, increasing your risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke. If you suspect that you might have sleep apnea our otolaryngologist Dr. Arthur Katz in Olympia Fields, IL, Crown Point and Munster, IN can help.
 

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Here are some of the common warning signs that you or your partner might have obstructive sleep apnea,

  • Chronic, loud snoring
  • Extreme daytime fatigue and sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sore, dry throats in the morning
  • Waking up gasping or choking in the middle of the night
  • Mental fog and poor memory
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Restless sleep

If you suspect that you might have sleep apnea it’s important that you see our ENT doctor as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis. While snoring is a classic sign of sleep apnea, not all snorers have sleep apnea. The sooner you get the treatment you need to get your sleep apnea under control the better.
 

Treating Sleep Apnea

The treatment plan that our otolaryngologist will map out for you will depend on the severity of your sleep apnea. The most common treatment option is CPAP therapy (continuous positive airway pressure), in which a mask is worn over the face to deliver the right amount of pressurized air to keep the passages open and free of obstructions while you sleep.

There are also certain lifestyle modifications that you can make to improve your symptoms. These changes include,

  • Losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight
  • Avoiding alcohol and sedatives
  • Quitting smoking
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Sleeping on your side

There are also procedures that can be performed to remove excess tissue in the back of the throat to prevent airway obstructions. These procedures include Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), thermal ablation, and genioglossus and hyoid advancement. Those with mild sleep apnea may be able to alleviate symptoms with a simple custom oral appliance worn during sleep. During your consultation, our ENT doctor would be happy to go over the different treatment options available to you.

Are you looking for a doctor in Munster and Crown Point, IN, or Olympia Fields, IL, who can treat your sleep apnea? Rest assured that Dr. Katz and his team can help you get the proper care you need for better sleep night after night. Call us today to schedule a consultation. Call (708) 747-6900 for the Olympia Fields, IL, office, (219) 769-8441 for the Crown Point, IN, office, or (219) 934-9396 for the Munster, IN, office.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
August 07, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Asthma  

Your breathing problems may be symptoms of asthma, according to your ENT, Dr. Arthur Katz, located in Olympia Fields, IL, Crown Point and Munster, IN. Here is some more information about asthma symptoms and treatments.

What is asthma?

Asthma varies from one person to another, from symptoms to severity. The basic cause, however, is when small airways in your lungs become narrow, swell and produce excess mucus. This results in overworking your lungs because they need to work harder to move air in and out.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

As mentioned above, the symptoms vary from one person to another but they include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Pain in your chest
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping

Symptoms are triggered when you spend time around a particular substance, an allergen like smoke or perfume, and results in an asthma flare up. Other reasons for asthma flares could be weather conditions, colds, the flu, dust, mold, pollens or animal dander. There's even an exercise-induced asthma, which results in an asthma flare five to 10 minutes after you begin exercising or exerting yourself.

How can I tell if I have asthma?

Determining whether or not you have asthma can be difficult because colds and the flu can also cause the same symptoms: coughing or wheezing. If your symptoms continue longer than a few weeks, you may have asthma. Contact your Munster ear, nose and throat doctor for a definite diagnosis and treatment options.

How is asthma treated?

  • Daily inhaled corticosteroid decrease flare-ups and control symptoms.
  • A prescribed quick-relief inhaler used when you experience a flare-up.
  • Other medications may also be recommended, like oral medications and inhalers combining corticosteroids and beta agonists, they'll basically keep airways open.

If you have asthma or suspect that you may have the disease, contact Dr. Arthur Katz at his office in Olympia Fields, IL, Crown Point or Munster, IN, to make an appointment. Call (708) 747-6900 for the Olympia Fields, IL, office, (219) 769-8441 for the Crown Point, IN, office, or (219) 934-9396 for the Munster, IN, office.