of a holistic approach to medical care ”
- DR. MATORIN
of a holistic approach to medical care ”
- DR. MATORIN
Dr. Matorin is a highly trained otolaryngology and ENT specialist providing the latest medical and surgical treatment options for disorders of the ears, nose, and throat in both adults and children. He has special interest in allergy, sinus, snoring, and sleep disorders.
He’s a strong advocate for patient education, founding our center around the idea of a holistic approach to medical care. He believes that patients should be highly involved in the decision-making process for their treatment, and Dr. Matorin spends a great deal of time with patients to make sure that they fully understand their options.
Dr. Matorin is board certified in ear, nose, and throat – head and neck surgery by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is also one of the elite few surgeons in the country who is also board certified in sleep medicine.
On top of four years of medical school, he also completed six years of specialty training. He participates in the Maintenance of Certification program developed by the American Board of Medical Specialties, promoting lifelong learning and quality improvement.
Dr. Matorin attended Rice University for his undergraduate degree and completed medical school at UTMB, moving to Baylor College of Medicine for his residency. He trained in general surgery for two years, working in the operating room with Dr. DeBakey. Dr. Matorin spent the next 4 years training in otolaryngology under Dr. Bobby Alford. Dr. Matorin has served as chief of surgery at West Houston Medical Center and has been elected to multiple leadership positions at the Harris County Medical Society (the largest medical society in the country). He’s been listed in H Texas Magazine’s “Top Doctors” multiple times.
Dr. Matorin is on staff at several area hospitals, including Houston Methodist, one of the top 20 hospitals in the country for ear, nose, and throat surgery according to U.S. News & World Report.
Our friendly, well-trained staff is designed to make your visits pleasant and informative every time. Members of our staff are fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.
Our receptionists will get you started with new patient forms (if you didn’t fill them out online already). We will need your insurance card and picture ID as well as payment for any co-pays required by your insurance. Your forms will be used to create the start of your medical record with us.
During Your Visit
Our medical assistants will take you to a patient room and review the reason for your visit. They will make sure the proper instruments and equipment are in place for the doctor and will assist in various procedures that may be performed in the office. In addition, they may perform allergy testing, give allergy shots, and schedule any diagnostic test the doctor orders.
One of our checkout specialists will schedule any follow up appointments needed. They will also make sure all your questions have been addressed before you leave.
If the doctor recommends surgery, a surgery coordinator will be your main contact person. They will coordinate with the doctor and the facility where your surgery will be performed to schedule a date for the procedure. She will verify your surgery benefits, obtain any authorizations required, review what you can expect before and after the surgery, and answer any questions you may have.
The beginning of Spring is still fresh but many allergy sufferers are reluctant to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. And why blame them? Allergy symptoms like itchiness, sneezing, congestion, and watery eyes don’t translate well to fun outdoors or even inside the home.
But there are steps those with allergies can take to decrease their exposure to common allergens like ragweed and find allergy relief.
This is one is tough, because good hospitable weather can be hard to come by (especially in Houston). And even if you work from home, there’s always a reason to step outside your door.
Rather than remove yourself entirely from outdoor existence, simply be more strategic about when and where. Typically, pollen is at its worst in the early morning (5-10 a.m.) and around dark, once the sun sets. Timing your trips between these times can help reduce exposure.
If activity during these times is unavoidable, say for an exercise routine or walking the dog, you can counter with a filtering facemask or nasal sprays that will alleviate symptoms.
Since pollen and other allergens are microscopic, this is a tall task in the common home. Being more mindful of what you bring in from the outside can help make your sanctuary a little more comfortable.
Here’s where to start: buy a HEPA filter. Although filling each room with a HEPA is the ideal solution, it’s not very cost-effective. That’s why planting one in the areas you spend the most time is crucial; a good example is the bedroom or living room, or wherever you Netflix the most.
Another solution is changing out of your clothes after outdoor activity, whether that’s coming home from work or physical activity. Transitioning into “home clothes” helps remove the allergens you carry on your clothes. If allergens still persist while at home, it may be necessary to rinse your hair, as pollen can also linger there and haunt you throughout the night.
In addition, keeping windows routinely shut will prevent any unwanted allergens from slipping in and settling on furniture or decorations.
While all the above will yield some daily benefit, they only postpone the inevitable: allergy symptoms. Nasal sprays and decongestants are only one way to manage symptoms rather than increase your tolerance.
That’s where immunotherapy can help.
The Immunotherapy process screens and discovers what allergies you truly have. Included in the process is skin testing and immunotherapy shots, which can be taken at home rather than the office. The advantage of immunotherapy is training your body to be less susceptible to allergies. The process is long, sometimes taking three to five years, but many patients experience results within months.
Figuring out the best course of action begins with making an appointment with your ENT specialist. Only they can prescribe the best course of action.
In the meantime, be more strategic about how you enjoy spring weather.
What is sleep apnea, you may ask, and how do I treat it if I have it? Well, not everyone who snores suffers from sleep apnea, but most people with sleep apnea do snore. Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder in which a person goes through episodes of shallow breathing, or completely stopping breathing, for periods of time while asleep. There are two types: obtrusive and central, and which one you have determines how it should be treated.
CSA occurs when the brain fails to initiate breathing. It can be caused by disruptions of the neurologic control system for breathing, untreated congestive heart failure, or rarely even Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment. It may be treated with ventilators or treating the heart failure, if that is the cause.
OSA is more common and occurs when airflow is blocked from the upper airway (meaning your nose, mouth, or throat). This blockage deprives you of oxygen ranging from any length of time between seconds and minutes. If this is left untreated it can cause irreversible changes in the body, leading to the development of high blood pressure, Diabetes, heart disease, heart attacks, hypertension in the lungs, weight gain, and even death.
A sleep study can diagnose you by monitoring body signals, such as brainwave activity, muscle activity, respiratory effort, oxygen saturation, heart rhythm, and airflow, while you sleep. During this study, a CPAP machine and mask can be worn to determine the appropriate pressure settings for a certain individual. It works by maintaining an open airway by keeping it “inflated” like a balloon while sleeping. This method proves successful about 80% of the time.
Another sleep apnea equipment option for mild to moderate OSA is an oral appliance, which is worn in the mouth and slowly pulls the jaw forward to open up the airway. Using this may not be an option for people who suffer from tooth grinding, Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) disorders, or pain. Even more, it may cause tooth shifting and alteration of the bite after several years.
The final option for treating OSA would be surgery. It can require many procedures due to its complexity, but it may be necessary for patients unable to tolerate other forms of therapy. The surgery is directed at the site of obstruction, which may be in the nose, palate and tonsil level, or lower throat and base of the tongue. Often, the obstruction is caused by a combination of blockages at various different levels of the airway. Thus, the surgeries may include palate reconstruction, base of tongue resection, hyoid suspension, septoplasty, or genioglossus advancement.
Regardless of the type of sleep apnea, it’s important to test out various sleep apnea equipment to see what works for you. Everyone deserves a well-rested feeling after a sleep-filled night!
Think you may have sleep apnea? Make an appointment with Dr. Matorin now.
Have you been spending too much on your over-the-counter allergy medications, and still not getting any relief? If this has gone on for months on end, you might have chronic sinusitis.
Chronic sinusitis is a condition where the hollow spaces behind your nose, eyes, and cheeks get inflamed. This inflammation can cause a range of uncomfortable long-lasting symptoms, including:
For chronic sinusitis sufferers who are going through over-the-counter allergy medications like water and want to finally find long-lasting relief, immunotherapy treatment might be right for you.
If you haven’t heard of immunotherapy treatment before now, don’t worry! Here is some information that can help.
Immunotherapy treatment is the fancy name for an allergy shot. It is a long-term treatment option for reducing or eliminating symptoms for many allergy patients.
What makes immunotherapy treatment so effective is right in the name. It treats your allergy symptoms, instead of just temporarily reducing them. This is because allergy shots go directly to the source.
That is, it works with your immune system.
In other words, each allergy shot you receive gradually strengthens your immune system. That way, your body learns to stop overreacting to specific allergens overtime.
To get the most out of your immunotherapy, you’ll want to visit a clinic that customizes your treatment, like Dr. Matorin’s Sinus & Allergy Center.
Here’s how it all works…
First, your immunotherapy doctor will give you a set of allergy tests. These tests pinpoint your specific sensitivities. That way, your doctor can customize your allergy treatment.
Be sure not to take any antihistamines before your visit. This will help make sure your test results are as accurate as possible.
Next, you’ll decide with your doctor on your treatment plan. At Dr. Matorin’s Sinus & Allergy Center, patients have the option to choose how they receive their allergy shots.
You can either receive your immunotherapy treatment at the office or have a caregiver give you your allergy shots at home. Our detailed training and educational process make getting treatment at home safe and effective! That way, you can save some time on trips to the clinic.
So, now that you know what immunotherapy treatment is, let’s dive into the many benefits it has for individuals with chronic sinusitis.
If you’ve been suffering from chronic sinusitis, you might have tried countless over-the-counter allergy medications to find lasting relief. But these only provide short-term relief for your allergy symptoms.
In contrast, allergy shots modify your immune system’s reaction to allergens. As a result, they treat the root cause of your chronic sinusitis.
Another benefit of allergy shots is that they are custom-made just for you.
Over-the-counter medications reduce a general host of allergy symptoms. But how do you know if they will help with your specific sensitivities? And how do you know if the dosage will be enough?
With customized immunotherapy shots, you won’t have to guess whether or not your allergy shot will work. You can rest assured your customized vial has enough of what you need to get relief – every time.
Say goodbye to expensive drugstore runs each week! Allergy shots take the guesswork out of your allergy treatment, so you won’t have to waste time and money on over-the-counter medications that don’t work for you.
Instead, with immunotherapy treatment, visit the clinic once every 10 to 11 weeks for a new custom vial. Save time and money. It’s a win-win!
What’s more, if your chronic sinusitis is serious, you might have had to cancel your plans with family or take off from work without pay. A study from 2004 found that patients who underwent immunotherapy treatment had 72% fewer days off from work or school.
Immunotherapy can help you lose less time to your chronic sinusitis and enjoy more of your life.
Finally, immunotherapy treatment lets people with chronic sinusitis experience long-term relief.
Many pill and liquid allergy medications are not intended for long-term use. They can cause complications if they are relied on too often. Some of the complications that are linked to using these medications for an extended period of time include the following:
The thing that makes sinusitis chronic, is that the symptoms are long-lasting. For individuals with chronic sinusitis, a long-term solution is necessary.
Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice other aspects of your health for long-term sinus relief. Immunotherapy is designed specifically as a long-term solution to reduce or even eliminate your worst allergy symptoms.
Have you been wondering if immunotherapy treatment is right for you? You may want to consider seeking out allergy shots if…
Still not sure if allergy shots are right for you?
Contact our friendly staff at Dr. Matorin’s Sinus & Allergy Center today! We’ll put you in touch with an immunotherapy doctor who will listen to your symptoms and help you determine if immunotherapy is the right solution for you.
Dear Patients and Friends,
The on-the-ground conditions of COVID-19 pandemic require close monitoring & quick assessment in order to stay one step ahead of the virus. Me & my staff are continuing to serve the people of Houston as best as we can.
In order to accommodate the safety and concerns of the community as well as our patients, we have instituted the following:
Please note, we are well into our influenza, allergy, and sinus season and realize that patients often need counseling on differentiating these illnesses from COVID-19. We will do our part to counsel you the best we can. Most recent studies have shown COVID-19 also may cause sudden loss of smell or taste. If you experience these symptoms please contact us immediately to arrange a consultation.
We are happy to serve the Greater Houston community through these difficult times.
Stay safe and contact us if you have any questions.
Dear Patients and Friends,
We would be immediately implement the following policies in our offices:
The following is an adapted table from our friends at Dr. Pasha Snoring & Sinus Center, which shows the various upper respiratory symptoms as a general guideline and does not substitute an exam by your healthcare professional. Sources include the WHO, CDC, Peter Attia’s Instagram (Dr. Michael Lin’s referenced), and my own experience in Houston.
|Symptom||COVID-19||Influenza||Common Cold||Allergies||Sinus Infection|
|Shortness of Breath||Common||Mild||No||Wheezing||No|
Stay safe and contact us if you have any questions.
Has snoring been a lifelong problem for you, keeping you or others nearby awake? You might have tried multiple remedies to fix this externally, but have you considered the Pillar Procedure? This particular method may turn patients off by seeming invasive, but it is actually a safe and effective treatment that can help you stop snoring fast. It can even remedy mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is a problem for many people who snore.
Well, of the people who can’t stop snoring, over 80% appear to suffer from this problem due to their soft palate, so The Pillar Procedure simply stiffens it. The best part is, Pillar only takes 20 minutes, using nothing but local anesthetic—so you will be back to sleeping soundlessly before you know it.
During this procedure, the doctor inserts little implants into the soft palate, which will reduce the snoring caused from the tissue vibrations. Just like that your snoring and/or sleep apnea could be history, if you’re up for it. It’s like a dream come true!
Why should you choose pillar over wearing a mask to bed? Because many other sufferers report a noticeable decrease in snoring, their apnea-hypopnea index, and daytime sleepiness after the procedure. They also describe an increase in bed partner satisfaction and lifestyle improvements post-Pillar. So overall, it gives you the opportunity for greater intimacy, decreased embarrassment, increased energy, and no mask at night. Who wouldn’t want all of that?
Here’s something to help you make up your mind. Michael Friedman, a Head Neck Surgeon within the Otolaryngology and Bronchoesophagology department at Rush University Medical Center, ran a study with 62 non-obese adults (31 in the placebo group and 31 with palatal implants) and the results showed significant improvement among the group with the implants. Friedman states in his article published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health “The US Patent Office lists more than 300 devices designed to stop snoring. But studies consistently show they just don’t work.” Breaking it down, he explains Pillar fixes the root of the problem, rather than simply covering it up with a device, like removing a bulging disk from the spine instead of taking medication to treat the pain.
If you are considering getting this treatment done, just make sure to do your research and weigh all options to ensure this is the best one for you. Everyone is different and has their own personal preferences, but the Pillar Treatment has worked wonders for many people and could possibly work wonders for you, too.
Looking for snoring alternatives? Make an appointment today.
Traveling with allergies requires a lot of planning. This summer, leave your worries (and all the pollen and ragweed) to us and put your mind at ease. We’ve compiled a list of the top places to travel if you have allergies, so you can breathe free and be free.
As one of the top allergy-free locations in the US, the clear mountainous air of Utah is heaven for those with pollen or ragweed allergies. While you won’t find much snow in the summer months, you’ll find a whole lot of fresh, breathable air. Feel free to be active and go on a bike trail or ride horses, or just sit back and relax.
A beachfront could be perfect for you. The cleansed saltwater air can be great for stuffy noses. Play in the sand and cool off in the water this summer. It’s best to travel to a completely different environment to thwart off your allergies. If you live on the west, vacation in sunny Florida, and if you live on the east, the Californian coast is calling you. Either way, you’re bound to have a good beach vacation.
Escape greenery and go on a cruise to the cool air of Alaska. A cruise is a good option to travel at ease especially with children, rather than the hectic bustle of flying from an airport. With nightly entertainment, water slides, a spa, and sports, cruises are plan-free. Be wary of moisture and mold however, and take necessary precautions.
A big city can be just what you need to stay away from actual jungles and frolic in concrete jungles. Albany, NY and Seattle, Washington are also on the list for low allergens. Check out the parks, shopping districts, and historical sites. Keep in mind, that allergens can be carried in by the wind or the city pollution may be a problem in general. Make sure to book an allergy friendly hotel and be prepared with medication and remedies regardless.
In general, set your sights on a place that are more mountainous and have drier air. These places tend to have less pollen. Make travel decisions based on your needs and always travel with medication, in case. Check out PURE room to search for an allergy-free hotel room for your stay, and our blog to learn more about traveling with allergies.
Feel free to make a pit stop to visit us! If you have been having nasal obstruction or your allergies are just out of control, the solution can be simple. Contact Dr. Matorin today and start back on the path to a healthy life.
Don’t forget to consider your allergies when traveling this spring. We understand. It’s easy to get lost in packing and planning, but an allergy attack can derail any potential fun. So here are some tips for maximizing your time, with or without allergens.
Many travelers already check out the forecast in advance, but often tucked away in those reports are pollen and allergy levels. Depending on the season, allergen levels may vary, but knowing what’s waiting for you from the moment you arrive can give you advance warning, letting you be proactive rather than reactive with your travel prep.
This suggestion may be obvious, but it’s important, especially if you already know your allergies. OTCs provide a safety net in the event of an attack, providing relief that keeps you active rather than on the sidelines. Besides, no one likes spending their vacation from their hotel room.
Having OTCs around just in case, even if you don’t consider yourself allergic, is a prudent move. There’s a potential for encountering an allergen you have never met because of seasonal or regional coincidences. If you you’re caught off guard, just find the closest pharmacy and remedy the situation.
Keep in mind, however, that using OTCs is a remedy, not a solution. An allergy solution will require a trip to an ENT doctor.
Or at least your pillow. This solution may sound a bit strange; after all, don’t all hotels come with those standard? While true, not all hotels are created equal when it comes to allergies (see next tip). Hotels that allow pets, have lax cleaning regimes, or, although rare, offer smoking rooms will become allergen hazard courses.
Bringing something from home like a pillow creates stability in an unknown world. Why at least a pillow case? Because that’s where you rest you head for hours at a time. Imagine willingly laying your head in a pile of dust mites or allergens that flew in through an open window from a previous guest. Eck, right?
By “friendly” we don’t mean welcoming. While no hotel is perfect, some hotels offer allergy-friendly rooms at comparable to regular rates. These rooms offer superior allergen treatment and hypoallergenic materials to help make your stay more pleasant. You just have to research or ask which ones do or don’t.
If an allergy-friendly room is not an option, then consider making your room a safe haven.
Upon arrival, you may want to dust down any potential problem areas that housekeeping may have missed. Also, if you can help it, never open your windows. The view may be gorgeous; however, we all know it takes only a slight breeze to carry in a bunch of allergies that will cause headaches, stuffiness, or worse.
When it comes to mold, though, your plans may require more logistic preparation beforehand. In general, mold likes to grow in damp and cool areas. But how do you avoid mold in a hotel, especially when you can’t always see the problem area? Ask your hotel for an upper-level room on a side that receives the most sunshine. Moisture is less likely to find a home due to the low humidity while regular exposure to sunlight will dry out anything that remains.
Saying so sounds silly, but forgetting life-saving equipment like epi-pens or other rescue medication can derail a vacation faster than any allergen. Here are some other safety tips for traveling with food allergies.
Hope this guide helps. Happy planning and safe travels!
For allergy sufferers, summer is the season of finding ways to avoid allergies, whether at home or on the daily commute—at least until you head indoors and find that cherished air conditioning that is. But not so fast. What may be seen as a sanctuary may also be another safe harbor for the very particulates you’re trying to avoid.
Unfortunately, wherever humans go, they can carry allergens with them. That’s potential bad news for workplace productivity. In fact, in 2015 alone, four million workdays were lost due to hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Not only does that hurt employers, but for employees that means spending valuable PTO.
Thankfully, there are measures for reducing environmental allergies at work, some of which can be accomplished alone or with a team, while others may require reliable building maintenance.
Here’s one you and your coworkers can tackle without too much effort. Dust mite eggs can migrate via clothing and spread throughout your office space. Since many offices are carpeted, request multiple carpet cleanings throughout the year. If your building is stingy on the cleaning, you can rent a carpet cleaner from big box stores like Home Depot or pool your money and hire an outside company.
On the individual level, you can dust your desk with a microfiber cloth and, if space allows, install a small HEPA air purifier nearby.
Without ostracizing pet owners, there are ways to subtly provide ways to remove pet hair that has gone along for the ride. Providing community lint rollers can help trap hair while also being useful elsewhere. After all, who wants to go into the big meeting covered in Mr. Snuggles’ white fur?
This one is on the building, but it starts with you. Inquire about the building’s HVAC and whether filters have been replaced. If not, put in a request, saying how it will improve the overall office environment.
You can also place HEPA air purifiers in your office’s more trafficked areas. This is a great opportunity to team up with management and make the workplace respiratory-friendly.
While the smell of fresh rain may bring tranquility for some, it can just as easily agitate others’ respiratory systems. Instead, opt for natural products while being aware that some of these may still be problematic or unpopular.
When it comes to cleaners, favor unscented options that still get the job done without a fake lemony scent.
“I’m not sick; it’s just allergies.” If you hear this often, it might be time to suggest allergy testing. Just be sure to position your suggestion as a way to help them feel better as opposed to implying, “Your sniffly nose bothers me. Please stop.” Explain how testing might reveal the true cause for their allergies and potential cure through long-term immunotherapy rather than relying on antihistamines.
If you have an ENT doctor that does allergy testing, by all means recommend them. Otherwise, encourage them to find someone in their insurance network. Odds are high that both of you share similar plans and benefits.
If you suffer from sinus allergies, you should know the holidays harbor its own brand of histamine triggers that can impact you at any time. Each year, cooler temperatures coupled with a full lineup of get-togethers in uncontrolled spaces can present a unique range of allergen-filled environments. With all the doors and windows closed, heating systems turned on for the first time in months, and rooms adorned with evergreens and dusty decor, any Yuletide gathering can easily turn into an allergic sneeze-fest.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children are affected by allergies. The good news is you don’t need to skip the festivities just because you’re sensitive. With some simple observations and lifestyle changes, you can skate by some of the holiday sneezing and congestion.
From Thanksgiving and Christmas to Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, holiday occasions signal weeks of seasonal goodies that increase the odds of either accidentally or knowingly partaking in foods to which you’re allergic. Many holiday selections include processed and fermented meats, milk products, as well as fruits and vegetables that are known allergens. Don’t be shy to ask your host about potential ingredient hazards or bring your own allergen-free dishes.
Those evergreen wreaths may give you fragrant memories of grandma’s, but oftentimes, fresh-cut plants also carry invisible allergens like pollen and mold spores. Even artificial trees can significantly increase dust and mold counts inside your home. Use a damp cloth to clean your tree and ornaments when brought down from the attic. To remove pollens from your real tree, spray it with a garden hose before bringing it inside. Wear a dust mask and gloves when handling real greenery and place all ornaments in airtight containers when putting them away for next year.
With cooler temperatures outside, pets will be more inclined to cuddle up on the furniture – collecting dander and other allergens. So if you’re headed to a home with pets, it’s a good idea to take an antihistamine beforehand. Prescription-steroid nasal sprays can also significantly reduce allergy symptoms. Even better, make sure you’re up to date on your allergy shots before the holidays begin. When around pets, practice frequent hand-washing and avoid touching your eyes and face. If you’re staying overnight, consider bringing a HEPA filtration unit to clean the air in your room.
Dust mites are microscopic relatives of the spider and live in mattresses, bedding, carpets, and furniture. They’re well-known allergy and asthma triggers and don’t take holidays off. In fact, they can be even more aggravating during winter months, as the air becomes especially damp. When at home, change your air filters more often and wash bedding in hot water weekly. Dust mites can also be reduced by using a dehumidifier to keep humidity below 50 percent. If traveling, bring your own hypoallergenic pillow and allergen-proof cover for adequate protection.
When creating a defense strategy for the next allergy season, it’s best to know your specific triggers. Your allergist can not only help you discover what’s causing your symptoms, he or she can also help you manage and even prevent outbreaks from occurring during all seasons.
If you’re looking to alleviate your allergy symptoms, make an appointment with your allergy specialist today.
There are plenty of things we need to survive as humans. There’s water, food, and shelter from the elements. Our most immediate need, though, is air, so it’s no wonder that restricted breathing from sinus problems is physically and mentally uncomfortable.
Most people only deal with that upsetting feeling for a short period of time. Unfortunately, though, not everyone is that lucky.
If you have struggled with your breathing for a long time, you may have chronic sinusitis. If that’s the case, a balloon sinuplasty may be able to help.
To understand a solution to a problem, you need to understand the problem first. In our case, that means we need to take a closer look at chronic sinusitis.
Sinusitis refers to inflammation within the sinuses. The inflammation narrows the pathways in your sinuses, leading to decreased breathing as well as other sinus congestion symptoms.
In most cases, sinusitis comes from a sinus infection or another short-term illness. If it lasts longer than twelve weeks, though, it’s called chronic sinusitis.
In truth, chronic sinusitis is a rather general term. It refers to any type of long-term sinus inflammation. It can be the rest of uniquely resilient infections, allergen exposure, or even sinus structural issues that come from either nature or from facial injuries.
Regardless of the cause, the common thread with chronic sinusitis is that it’s long-term and it doesn’t respond to traditional sinusitis treatments.
The word “chronic” doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t do anything about your sinusitis. One of the newest and simplest ways to treat it is with balloon sinuplasty.
During balloon sinuplasty, an experienced surgeon starts by inserting a narrow tube into your sinuses through your nostrils. They guide this tube through the area of the sinuses that is restricted.
The surgeon then sends a unique balloon into that restricted area using the tube. They gently inflate the balloon to the size they want the sinus passageway to be.
When the procedure is done, the surgeon deflates the balloon and removes it along with the tube. After the balloon is gone, your sinus pathways stay open.
People with chronic sinusitis typically go through a few stages of their condition before they reach the point of balloon sinuplasty. Their doctor may try to treat their sinusitis with a few different treatment methods. They may also use different types of imaging or exploratory procedures to better see what’s going on with their sinuses.
For many people, a balloon sinuplasty serves as an alternative to traditional, more extensive surgeries. In earlier surgeries, a surgeon would need to remove or reform tissue in the sinuses. This results in a significant and uncomfortable recovery period.
Balloon sinuplasty, on the other hand, is a minimally invasive procedure. It has an impressive track record of success but with far less post-operative pain and recovery time than most other chronic sinusitis procedures.
There are a few different ways your surgeon or ear, nose, and throat doctor (ENT) can perform a balloon sinuplasty. Depending on your needs and the details of your condition, they may be able to do the procedure in their office under local anesthesia. In other cases, you may need to go to the operating room and receive general anesthesia.
The entire procedure only takes about an hour. When it’s over, you can typically expect minimal bleeding and little pain.
You may or may not have medical packing in your nose to control bleeding and help your sinuses heal. If you don’t need any packing, you’re likely to be able to feel the improvement in your breathing right away.
After a balloon sinuplasty, the recovery is quick. If your physician uses local anesthesia, you’re likely to be back at work and back to your daily routines within two days.
If you require general anesthesia, it will take longer because your body needs to recover from the anesthesia itself and everything that goes with it. Still, the recovery period is brief compared to most surgical procedures.
With all of this in mind, it’s important to remember that every patient is unique. There are many factors that will impact your balloon sinuplasty and how quickly you heal. For the greatest chance for success, be sure to follow all your doctor’s pre-surgical and post-surgical instructions.
Balloon sinuplasty is a relatively new treatment, but we already know a lot about the long-term results. Depending on your condition itself, it’s likely that the balloon sinuplasty will improve your symptoms for your lifetime. Many patients don’t need a repeat procedure.
There are, however, some cases when chronic sinusitis is progressive. If your condition progresses in the future, you may need another balloon sinuplasty or a different procedure. Fortunately, balloon sinuplasty doesn’t limit your options for future treatments.
As we mentioned above, every patient is unique. Not every person with chronic sinusitis will be a candidate for balloon sinuplasty. It depends on what is causing your condition as well as other health-related factors.
Ultimately, the only way to know if you’re a balloon sinuplasty candidate is to schedule an appointment with one of our sinus specialists. We’ll be able to evaluate your condition, discuss the procedure, and make a recommendation about your treatment options.
Easy breathing is one of those gifts many people take for granted. For those with chronic sinusitis, however, an effortless breath is something to be treasured. Depending on your condition, a balloon sinuplasty may make all your breaths clear and easy in the future.
To take the first step, schedule an appointment with our sinus specialists today.
It’s only natural to be frustrated with our bodies when we are sneezing and wheezing all day. Believe it or not, seasonal allergies happen because your body is working its hardest to protect you.
If you’ve visited an allergy clinic in Houston, like Dr. Matorin’s Sinus & Allergy Center, you might already know that the source of your seasonal allergies is your immune system.
Seasonal allergies occur when your body’s immune system responds to things in your environment that it thinks are dangerous. Typical allergens in Houston include:
When these allergens enter your body, your immune system responds by releasing histamines. Histamines are the culprits responsible for typical seasonal allergy symptoms, like runny noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, and more
This leaves us with two options… We either avoid allergens our immune system finds dangerous. Or we work to boost our immune system so that allergens pose less of a threat.
Which option should you choose to fight your seasonal allergies?
For many people, option 2 is much easier than option 1. Here’s why…
It can be very difficult to avoid specific allergens in our daily routines. Here is what may impact your seasonal allergies from our allergy clinic in Houston.
Houston weather – notorious for its humid environment – greatly impacts your seasonal allergies. Cooler nights and warmer days help pollen thrive. That means, from mid-January through mid-April, Houstonians can suffer the worst seasonal allergies. Houston’s high heat and humidity (especially high in September) is also the perfect setting for mold to grow. Plus, windy days distribute more allergens in our air.
In dry seasons, allergens increase. Rainy days offer some relief by washing away allergens!
Next, the time of day also impacts seasonal allergy symptoms. The amount of pollen in the air tends to rise in the morning, peak around midday, and reach its lowest by the evening.
If you exercise outside in the morning and suffer from seasonal allergies, consider moving your workouts to the evening.
In general, pollen counts rise/fall later in urban locations and earlier in suburban locations.
Of course, there are some places in the US that offer less allergy exposure. But before you decide to move across the country, it’s important to know that allergens are everywhere. Moving out of humid Houston won’t necessarily resolve all of your allergy symptoms.
When patients walk into our allergy clinic in Houston, most of them already have an idea about how the city impacts their seasonal allergies.
But what they don’t realize is their diet also plays a big role! This is because certain foods boost your immune system so that allergens pose less of a threat.
Trying to plan your life around environmental factors can be stressful, time-consuming, and downright frustrating. On the other hand, fighting seasonal allergies by boosting your immune system is a much easier option. It’s as simple as adding a few delicious and nutritious foods to your diet.
Grab a pencil and your grocery list! Here are five foods that will help you fight seasonal allergies by boosting your immune system. Best of all, they’re simple foods you can find in most Houston grocery stores.
Pineapple is a deliciously refreshing snack to have in warm weather. But you might want to consider snacking on it year-round! Pineapple is filled with vitamin C and the right enzymes to reduce a host of seasonal allergy symptoms.
If you’re tired of blocked-up sinuses, eating more vitamin-C rich broccoli can help. Toss some raw broccoli in a salad or dip it in hummus. Or if you prefer cooked broccoli, opt for steaming or microwaving it for a short time. These cooking methods make sure your broccoli is delicious without losing the allergy-relieving benefits of vitamin C.
Ready to stop sneezing through the spring season? Greek yogurt’s probiotics contain good and helpful bacteria that can change your body’s immune response for the better. Throw a handful of berries into your greek yogurt for an extra boost of flavor and allergy-fighting vitamins.
What’s the only thing better than the smell of a fresh tuna melt? Actually being able to smell it! To reduce swelling in your throat and nose this allergy season, add fatty fish to your diet, like:
In a research study from 2005, adults with more omega-3 fatty acids in their diet had a lower risk for seasonal allergies. Add fatty fish to your diet and start feeling relief.
Finally, almonds are a natural antihistamine! Almonds tell your immune system to stop making histamines, so you can avoid the seasonal allergy symptoms that come along with them. Plus, their vitamin c and magnesium reduce inflammation in your nose and throat to help you breathe better.
Try having a handful of raw almonds for a snack, or cooking them into your favorite dinner or dessert recipes.
To stay on top of the latest insider information about fighting seasonal allergies and boosting your immune system, follow Dr. Matorin’s Sinus & Allergy Center blogs here.
And if you’re looking for a thorough and reliable allergy clinic in Houston, contact us today. Our holistic approach to medical care identifies the root problem of your allergies to give you the relief you need.
Call it “stuffy love,” that feeling when you love your pet so much but can’t stop feeling congested, itchy, or sneezy in their presence. It’s nothing they did. You’re just allergic. What can you do? Besides making an appointment with an ENT specialist, there are some adjustments that make life better at home while still enjoying your furry best friend.
This one may be tough, especially if your critter is a snuggler, but it’s one of the best ways to alleviate allergy symptoms caused by pets. Keeping their fur away from your pillow, where you will be breathing all night, is basically preventing the most prolonged exposure to the animal you would have. If you must sleep with your animal or they enter your room while you are away, you can also consider using impermeable covers for the mattress and pillows on your bed and wash them often.
Sure, you can keep your pet out of the bedroom where you sleep, but what about all of the other rooms you hang out in during the day time? Allergists suggest that you purchase a high-efficiency HEPA air cleaner to keep in any room of the house you see necessary. This will help purify the air where the pets are present or have been spending a lot of time.
This is really the most important thing you can do to save yourself from excessive cat or dog fur. We all know pets shed like crazy, and brushing and washing them at least once a week can help rid them of loose fur which may have other allergens attached to it. Check with your veterinarian or a reputable pet guide book to choose a good shampoo for your pet and learn how to bathe them safely.
One concept to note is that it isn’t always the fur itself causing your allergies. Some people are more allergic to the pollen which is carried inside on the fur than the fur itself. If you go get tested by an allergist you will know for sure which allergies to focus on.
As far as your house goes, you should avoid dust-and-dander-catching furnishings, such as cloth curtains and blinds, and carpeted floors. Clean frequently and thoroughly to remove dust and dander, concentrating on articles such as couch covers and pillows, curtains, and pet beds.
Certain household pets must remain in a glass casing, like reptiles and amphibians, but with mammals like cats and dogs, keeping them outdoors for much of the time isn’t a problem. They like to run freely so why stop them? The more time they spend outside, the less time they have to shed fur on all of your furnishings and clothing, leaving you susceptible to your pet dander allergies.
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