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By Arthur H. Katz, MD
December 30, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Asthma  

We’re here to help you breathe easier with asthma.

We understand that for many of our patients, tackling day-to-day life with asthma can be difficult. That’s where our Munster, IN and Olympia Fields, IL, otolaryngologist Dr. Arthur Katz can help you get your asthma symptoms under control with proper lifestyle modifications and medications. You can lead a full, healthy, and fulfilling life with asthma. Here’s what you should know about coping with this chronic respiratory disorder.

Know your triggers

It’s incredibly important that you understand what triggers your asthma, from exercise and cold weather to pet dander and pollen. This way you can better protect yourself from an asthma attack. If you’re having trouble pinpointing your asthma triggers, our Munster, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, ENT doctor can help.

Know how to use your medications properly

You would be surprised to learn how many people with asthma aren’t using their medications properly. Most patients will be given a controller medication that they will need to use every day, along with a rescue inhaler that should only be used when symptoms of an asthma attack first appear. The three most common mistakes we see when it comes to using asthma medication are,

  • People not using their everyday medication because they aren’t experiencing symptoms (you need to still use this medication every day regardless of whether you are noticing chest tightness or other symptoms unless otherwise instructed by your doctor)
  • People not shaking their rescue inhalers prior to using them (it’s important to shake them for at least 30 seconds before using them)
  • People not carrying their rescue inhaler with them at all times (you never know when an attack might strike and it’s important to be prepared)

Have a clear-cut asthma action plan

Everyone, regardless of age, should have a detailed and thorough outline of exactly how to address their asthma symptoms, along with actions that the person and their family will need to take when these symptoms appear. While the CDC certainly provides great tips for creating an asthma action plan, you will also want to create this plan specifically with your asthma specialist.

Are you looking for an ENT doctor that can treat your asthma symptoms? If so, call our Munster, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL offices to schedule an appointment at (219) 934-9396 and (708) 747-6900.

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
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.

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
October 27, 2017
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Asthma  

Is your asthma well controlled? A variety of treatment options can help you avoid flare ups and potentially serious consequences of the asthmadisease. Our ENT, Dr. Arthur Katz, in Munster and Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, discusses several types of asthma treatments.

Common asthma treatment options

Depending on the severity of your condition and the frequency of your flare ups, one or more of these treatment options may be recommended when you visit our Munster, Merrillville or Olympia Fields office:

  • Rescue Inhalers: Short-acting bronchiodilator inhalers are used only when you experience an asthma attack. The inhalers quickly work to relax and open your airways.
  • Long-Acting Inhalers: Long-acting bronchodilators help you avoid flare ups by keeping your airways relaxed. Because each puff opens your airways for about 12 hours, it's important to use long-acting inhalers twice daily.
  • Oral Bronchodilators: In some cases, oral medication to open your airways and relax the muscles around your airways may be recommended. Oral medications are effective for 24 hours.
  • Inhaled Corticosteroids: Inhaled corticosteroids decrease airway inflammation that can worsen symptoms.
  • Combination Inhalers: These inhalers contain corticosteroids and beta-2-agonists, medications that open airways and reduce inflammation.
  • Additional Medications: Other medications may also be recommended occasionally, such as drugs that loosen phlegm, oral steroids or antibiotics if you develop an infection.

Preventing asthma flare ups

In addition to using prescription medications, identifying your asthma triggers and taking steps to eliminate or avoid them can help you keep your condition under control. If cigarette smoke or pollution worsens your breathing, avoid smoking and secondhand smoke and pay attention to air quality forecasts for the area. If the forecast is poor, limit the amount of time you spend outdoors.

Allergies are a common asthma trigger. Allergy medications or shots can help you avoid sneezing, water eyes and other unpleasant symptoms of pollen, pet, mold and other allergies and also prevent asthma attacks. Other possible asthma triggers include severe weather, fog, humidity, cold air, exercise, perfumes and other strong aromas.

Protect your health with asthma treatment. Schedule an appointment with Dr. 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.