Blog and Practice News - LA Sinus and Allergy Specialist

Fear of FlyingFear of Flying

Posted November 19th, 2018

With the year-end holidays coming up, some people are already dreading their upcoming air travel; unlike most travelers, they are not concerned about the long security lines, the delayed flights, the cramped seats in the planes or the rude fellow passengers. What makes them uneasy is the painful ear pressure and blockage, or sinus pain, that they feel right after the pilot announces that the plane has begun its descent for landing.

Fear of Flying


Sinusitis Relief Los AngelesAre you suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms? Dr. Bublik offers immediate and lasting Relief

Posted November 15th, 2018

For those patients who have been unable to find relief with other treatments, Dr. Bublik has found that Balloon Sinuplasty offers patients suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms immediate and lasting relief. Often referred to as "angioplasty for the nose," Balloon Sinuplasty is a safe and effective endoscopic procedure used for the treatment of chronic sinusitis.

Chronic Sinusitis Relief with In Office Balloon Sinuplasty


Allergies or Sinus Disease?

Posted October 10th, 2018

How can you know if you have allergies or a sinus issue?

Allergies can produce cold-like symptoms as a sinus infection, including a runny nose, congestion and sinus pressure. If you have allergic rhinitis, you may experience itchy and watery eyes. Allergy symptoms appear when the body's immune system begins to respond to a substance as though it were a dangerous invader (called an antigen or allergen).

Allergies or Sinus Disease?


Do you suffer from Nasal Obstruction and do you Snore?

Posted October 4th, 2018

Obstructive Sleep Apnea cause by obstruction of the nasal airway or oral airway causes decrease in sleep quality and can lead to deadly heart disease.

Dr. Michael Bublik is committed to the highest quality patient care provided with compassion and personal attention, and the availability of the most advanced, innovative diagnostic and therapeutic technology and techniques.

Nasal Obstruction / Snoring Treatments

SINUVA Sinus Implant SINUVA Sinus Implant - Treatment for Nasal Polyps

Posted September 19th, 2018

Innovation for Nasal Polyp Sufferers

Dr. Michael Bublik is among the first in the United States to offer the SINUVA sinus implant, recently approved by the FDA to treat nasal polyps in adults who have had previous ethmoid sinus surgery (ESS). SINUVA is a non-surgical option that is placed during a routine physician office visit.

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Do you have Nasal Congestion?

Posted September 11th, 2018

Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms? If so, you may be one of more than 20 million Americans suffering from nasal obstruction and Dr. Michael Bublik can help you.

Nasal Congestion Symptoms

Dr. Bublk offers LATERA™, an absorbable nasal implant that supports this cartilage. You can self-test for NVC by performing the Cottle maneuver. Does your breathing improve when you pull on your cheek to hold your nostril to the side? If yes, talk to Dr. Bublik about options to support your lateral nasal cartilage, which may include the LATERA™ implant.

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What is Causing Your Post Nasal Drip?

Posted August 20th, 2018

Many conditions can cause postnasal drip. Allergies are one of the most common. Dr. Bublik can test for allergies and rule out if this is the cause of this annoying symptom.

Another common cause could be a deviated septum; this means the cartilage between your nostrils or septum leans to one side or is displaced. In some cases, the crooked septum can interfere with the drainage of the sinuses causing postnasal drip or resulting in repeated sinus infections.

What is Causing your Post Nasal Drip?

In Office Balloon Sinuplasty by Dr. Michael Bublik

In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty - How I do it

When performing balloon sinuplasty, Dr. Bublik will insert a catheter through the opening of the nose into the sinus opening and then thread a sinus guide wire into the targeted sinus, providing light transmission and illumination that will help Dr. Bublik ensure correct placement of the guide catheter. Once access to the intended location is confirmed, a balloon catheter is introduced into the sinus cavity and inflated to open the narrow or blocked passage. Simple. No tissue removal. No bleeding. No pain.

In-office Balloon Sinuplasty is available to eligible patients performed by Dr. Bublik at his Glendale, CA office under local anesthesia. Dr. Bublik also is happy to provide in office Balloon Sinuplasty to patients throughout the Los Angeles.

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Do you have Ragweed Allergy?

Most people think that spring is the prime-time allergy season. And yes, people do experience allergies in the Spring, but there are more than 23 million Americans who are allergic to ragweed pollen. Which starts to cause the subtle itch in the back of your throat as early as mid-July. Ragweed pollen levels usually peak around early September and continue into the middle of October. This is a long time to suffer from ragweed allergy symptoms.

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Do you have Dog Allergies?

Posted May 29th, 2018

Allergies to dogs can strike anyone at any age. Most people that suffer from dog allergies often have other mild or moderate allergies to pollens or molds. There is a strong genetic correlation in developing allergies, so if your parents have allergies then you are likely to have them also.

Dog Allergies

Cat Allergies

Cat Allergies Los AngelesPosted May 16th, 2018

Approximately two percent of the United States population is allergic to cats. This is caused by a glycoprotein, Fel d-I, secreted by the subaceous glands in cats and is the major cat allergen. This allergen is found in the fur, pelt, saliva, serum, urine, mucous, salivary glands, and hair roots of the cat. The main sources of the allergen, however, are the skin and saliva.

Cat Allergies



Dust Mite Allergies

Mold Allergies Los AngelesPosted April 23rd, 2018

This is the house dust mite (also known by it's latin name Dermatophagoides). It is a few fractions of a millimeter long and cannot be seen with the naked eye. It lives off dead skin and is present throughout the house. As much as 10-20% of the weight of old pillows may be dead skin. Dust mites, having eaten the dead skin, then leave droppings / excrement everywhere which contains some of their stomach enzymes. It is these stomach enzymes that we are allergic to; these allergies can lead to asthma, excema, but most importantly for us, rhinitis - a blocked, itchy, runny or sneezy nose. This in turn can cause sinusitis and ear problems.

Dust Mite Allergies



Balloon Sinuplasty Testimonial with Dr. Bublik

Posted April 20th, 2018

In-office Balloon Sinuplasty for chronic sinusitis is available to eligible patients performed by Dr. Michael Bublik at his Glendale, CA office under local anesthesia. Dr. Bublik also is happy to provide in office Balloon Sinuplasty to patients throughout the Los Angeles area.

The benefits of In–Office Balloon Sinuplasty performed by Dr. Bublik represent a marked improvement over traditional sinus surgery, which are performed with general anesthesia and involve a longer recovery with more postoperative care requirements.

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Mold Allergies

Posted April 16th, 2018

Mold Allergies Los AngelesMold spores cause at least as many allergy problems as pollens. Molds are present all year long, and grow outdoors and indoors. Dead leaves and farm areas are common sources for outdoor molds. Indoor plants, old books, bathrooms, and damp areas are common sources of indoor mold growth.

Mold Allergies



Over The Counter Medications for Allergies

Posted April 3rd, 2018

Drugs for runny nose, sinus trouble, congestion, and the common cold constitute the largest segment of the over-the-counter market for America's pharmaceutical industry. When used wisely, they provide welcome relief for at least some of the discomforts that affect almost everyone occasionally and that affect many people chronically. Drugs in these categories are useful for relief of symptoms from allergies, upper respiratory infections (i.e., sinusitis, colds, flu), and vasomotor rhinitis (a chronic stuffy nose caused by such unrelated conditions as emotional stress, thyroid disease, alcohol, pregnancy, and others). These drugs do not cure the allergies, infections, etc.; they only relieve the symptoms, thereby making the patient more comfortable.

Over The Counter Medications for Allergies


Spring and Summer Allergies - Pollen

Spring and Summer AllergiesPosted March 26th, 2018

Each spring, summer, and fall tiny particles are released from trees, weeds, and grasses. These particles, known as pollen, hitch rides on currents of air. Although their mission is to fertilize parts of other plants, many never reach their targets. Instead, they enter human noses and throats, triggering a type of seasonal allergic rhinitis called pollen allergy

Spring and Summer Allergies



In Office Balloon Sinuplasty For Chronic Sinusitis

Relieve your sinus pressurePosted March 13th, 2018

In-office Balloon Sinuplasty is now available to eligible patients performed by Dr. Bublik at his Glendale, CA office under local anesthesia. Dr. Bublik also is happy to provide in office Balloon Sinuplasty to patients throughout the Los Angeles area.

In Office Balloon Sinuplasty




Relieve your sinus pressureSinus Pressure and Pain

Posted March 1st, 2018

Swollen nasal passages and the build-up of mucus cause congestion. Swollen and inflamed tissues can also cause pressure on nerve endings around your sinuses and facial area. This leads to dull or throbbing pain and aches around the face, mostly above the eyes, below the eyes and in the back of the head.


Sinus Pressure and Pain



Allergy Fun Fact

Allergy Fun FactPosted February 23rd, 2018

Allergies Can Develop Suddenly In Adulthood

It is common to think if you have not been allergic to something in the past it means you would never have an allergic reaction. However, this may not always be the case. Allergies can develop in the later teen years or even in adulthood.

Allergy Services



what are allergensWhat Are Allergens?

Posted February 13th, 2018

With years of experience and expertise in the field of allergy and immunotherapy Dr. Michael Bublik can help you understand your allergy, what is causing your allergies, relieve your symptoms and get you back to enjoying your life again. If you are someone who suffers from chronic allergies please contact us today!

What Are Allergens?





Nasal Congestion Treatment Los AngelesNasal Congestion / Difficulty Breathing?

Posted February 6th, 2018

Stuffy or runny nose, we have all experienced it!

A stuffy or congested nose occurs when the tissues lining it become swollen. The swelling is due to inflamed blood vessels.
The problem may also include nasal discharge or "runny nose." If excess mucus runs down the back of your throat (postnasal drip), it may cause a cough or sore throat.


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Dr. Bublik In The Media

What you need to know about how air quality can affect your health.

Dr. Michael Bublik, Los Angeles ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) Specialist explains how smoke from fires and air quality can affect your health.

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Is it possible to develop an allergy as an Adult?

An allergy occurs when an otherwise harmless substance gets flagged as dangerous by the immune system, which then launches an attack. Common allergens include pet dander, pollen, grass, mold spores, dust mites and certain proteins found in foods. The symptoms can arise such as itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing — are the result of your immune system ramping up to evict the perceived intruders.

Although adult-onset allergies are very common and can cause sinus headaches, nasal congestion, and overall lack of energy and a feeling of being sick. It can also lead to sinus infections, shortness of breath and can make asthma worse. The good news is that a simple test in our office can diagnose the cause of the allergy and we have a variety of state of the art treatment options available.

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By Dr. Michael Bubilk 
June 20th, 2017

What Is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is common! Acute sinusitis can be triggered by a cold or allergies and may resolve on its own. Chronic sinusitis can last from four to eight weeks and may be caused by an infection or growths and can linger for years, its cause can be hard to pin down and hard to treat.

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