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Sinus & Allergy

The Physicians at Victoria ENT & Allergy Associates have been helping the people of Victoria and surrounding communities for over 40 years. Our site has broken down the conditions we treat into three main areas:

Sinus & Allergy

Sinus and allergy problems can seriously affect a person’s quality of life. The physicians at Victoria ENT & Allergy Associates have been treating sinus and allergy conditions in Victoria and surrounding communities for more than 30 years. Don’t let sinus and allergy problems impact your life any longer. For more details on specific sinus and allergy conditions that we treat, refer to the links on the left.

If you have had sinus surgery and are looking for an alternative to repeat surgeries, Victoria ENT & Allergy offers SINUVA, a treatment for nasal polyps for adults who have had sinus surgery.



Learn More About The Various Types…

Your immune system produces substances known as antibodies. Some of these antibodies protect you from unwanted invaders that could make you sick or cause an infection. When you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that identify your particular allergen as something harmful, even though it isn’t. When you come into contact with the allergen, your immune system’s reaction inflames your skin, sinuses, airways or digestive system.

The severity of allergies varies from person to person and can range from minor irritation to anaphylaxis — a potentially life-threatening emergency. While allergies can’t be cured, a number of treatments can help relieve your allergy symptoms.

Allergies can develop at any age, possibly even in the womb. They commonly occur in children but may give rise to symptoms for the first time in adulthood. Asthma may persist in adults while nasal allergies tend to decline in old age.

Why, you may ask, are some people “sensitive” to certain allergens while most are not? Why do allergic persons produce more IgE than those who are non-allergic? The major distinguishing factor appears to be heredity. For some time, it has been known that allergic conditions tend to cluster in families. Your own risk of developing allergies is related to your parents’ allergy history. If neither parent is allergic, the chance that you will have allergies is about 15%. If one parent is allergic, your risk increases to 30% and if both are allergic, your risk is greater than 60%.

Although you may inherit the tendency to develop allergies, you may never actually have symptoms. You also do not necessarily inherit the same allergies or the same diseases as your parents. It is unclear what determines which substances will trigger a reaction in an allergic person. Additionally, which diseases might develop or how severe the symptoms might be is unknown.

Another major piece of the allergy puzzle is the environment. It is clear that you must have a genetic tendency and be exposed to an allergen in order to develop an allergy. Additionally, the more intense and repetitive the exposure to an allergen and the earlier in life it occurs, the more likely it is that an allergy will develop.

There are other important influences that may conspire to cause allergic conditions. Some of these include smoking, pollution, infection, and hormones.

At Victoria ENT & Allergy Associates, we can perform tests to determine which allergens are affecting you and implement a treatment plan made especially for your needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment – (361) 573-4331

Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) is a safe and effective sinus procedure for chronic sinusitis patients seeking relief from uncomfortable sinus pain symptoms.

With Balloon Sinuplasty, ENT doctors open inflamed sinuses in the same way that heart surgeons open up blocked arteries during balloon angioplasty. The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery, and effective at relieving symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Balloon Sinuplasty allows patients to return to normal activities quickly. Unlike conventional sinus surgery, it does not include removal of bone or tissue from the nose. And, Balloon Sinuplasty is now offered by some doctors in their office under local anesthesia, so that there is no need to go to an operating room or undergo general anesthesia.

Don’t wait any longer to get relief; call Victoria ENT & Allergy Associates today and find out how Balloon Sinuplasty can help relieve your chronic sinusitis symptoms.

What Others Are Saying

“It’s been a year since surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology, and I’ve felt much better. I have energy to work a full day and to go out at night. It’s made a tremendous difference in how I approach my life.”

– Sherwin G.
Occupation: Allergist
Years as a chronic sinusitis sufferer: 3.5

Learn More About Sinuplasty

Listed below are important brochures and documents for you to download to learn more about Sinuplasty.
Patient Brochure
Sinusitis Fact Sheet
Balloon Sinuplasty Fact Sheet

If you would like our office to contact you, please fill out the form below and fax it to: (361) 485-2732.
Snot Form

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Sinus infections are caused by infections from a pathogenic microorganism (virus, bacterium, or fungus), which grows within a sinus and causes intermittent blockage of the sinus ostium.

Most people do not transmit sinus infections; most clinicians agree that except for rare instances, sinus infections are not contagious but arise from mainly viruses and bacteria that, by chance, contaminate a person who sinuses support their proliferation because of minor, and rarely, major abnormalities in the person’s sinus tissue (for example, swelling, inflammation, abnormal mucus production, and rarely, facial or nasal trauma).

Sinusitis is inflammation of the air cavities within the passages of the nose. Sinusitis can be caused by infection, but also can be caused by allergies and chemical or particulate irritation of the sinuses. Sinusitis may be classified in several ways such as acute sinus infection, subacute sinus infection, chronic sinus infection, infected sinusitis, and noninfectious sinusitis.
Sinus infection symptoms include sinus headache, facial tenderness, pressure or pain in the sinuses, fever, cloudy discolored drainage, and feeling of nasal stuffiness, sore throat, and cough.

Bacterial infection of the sinuses is suspected when facial pain, pus-like nasal discharge, and symptoms that persists for longer than a week and are not responding to over-the-counter nasal medications.

Sinus infection is generally diagnosed based on patient history and physical examination by a health care practitioner. If you think you may have a sinus infection, call our office today to schedule an appointment – (361) 573-4331

Your nose is important to your health. It filters the air you breathe, removing dust, germs, and irritants. It warms and moistens the air to keep your lungs and tubes that lead to them from drying out. Your nose also contains the nerve cells that help your sense of smell. When there is a problem with your nose, your whole body can suffer. For example, the stuffy nose of the common cold can make it hard for you to breathe, sleep, or get comfortable.

Many problems besides the common cold can affect the nose. They include

  • Deviated septum – a shifting of the wall that divides the nasal cavity into halves
  • Nasal polyps – soft growths that develop on the lining of your nose or sinuses
  • Nosebleeds
  • Rhinitis – inflammation of the nose and sinuses sometimes caused by allergies. The main symptom is a runny nose.
  • Nasal fractures, also known as a broken nose

If you are having regular nosebleeds or difficulty breathing, call to make an appointment to see one of our physicians at (361) 573-4331


Source: NIH

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