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Pavlina Suchanova, MD

Dr. Suchanova is a Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. She is fluent in English, Czech, Slovak and conversational in Spanish.

Recent Posts

Is My Facial Pain or Facial Pressure Caused by a Sinus Infection?

Pavlina Suchanova, MD
December 17, 2019
December 17, 2019 09:01 PM
symptoms of chronic sinusitis, facial pain, facial pressure

  Facial pain is linked with high levels of healthcare utilization and significant morbidity and continues to be a challenge in both diagnosis and therapeutic approaches for both doctors and patients. It's often diagnosed on the basis of exclusion. … Read More

Why Do I Have Sinus Pressure or Sinus Pain? (Causes and Reasons)

Pavlina Suchanova, MD
November 20, 2019
November 20, 2019 11:15 PM
chronic sinusitis, sinus pain, sinus pressure

  Sinus pressure and sinus pain occur when your nasal passage membranes become swollen or inflamed. A variety of factors can cause sinus pressure and pain, including having chronic sinusitis. What Is Sinusitis? Your sinuses are cavities filled with air and are situated: Behind your forehead and eyebrows Inside your cheeks' bony structure In front of your brain, behind your nose One either side of the bridge of your nose Sinusitis is an inflammation of your sinuses. It can be of two forms: Acute sinusitis. If you have acute (temporary) sinusitis, it typically goes away after three to eight weeks on its own.  Chronic sinusitis. If you're dealing with chronic sinusitis, it lasts longer than eight weeks or more than 12 weeks occurring multiple times per year, and requires treatment. Chronic sinusitis symptoms can last for months, or even years. Some physicians will call sinusitis chronic instead of acute if it lasts a minimum of three months.… Read More

Is a Loss of Sense of Smell and Sinus Infections Related?

Pavlina Suchanova, MD
November 18, 2019
November 18, 2019 04:34 PM
chronic sinusitis, loss of sense of smell

  You probably take your sense of smell for granted, but do you ever wonder what it would be like if you had a loss of sense of smell? A total loss of smell is known as anosmia. When you don't have a sense of smell, your food will taste different, you won't be able to smell flowers — and you may even find yourself in dangerous circumstances unknowingly (i.e. gas leaks).… Read More

The Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure: Process, Side Effects, and Recovery

Pavlina Suchanova, MD
June 01, 2017
July 9, 2019 04:36 PM
balloon sinuplasty

  We’ve already covered the indications to have balloon sinuplasty (balloon sinus dilation), and the risks and benefits of the procedure. This information is meant to help you make an informed decision if the procedure is right for you. Now we'll discuss the procedure, side effects, and recovery.… Read More

What is a Balloon Sinuplasty? (Indications, Benefits, and Risks)

Pavlina Suchanova, MD
May 31, 2017
June 20, 2019 10:43 PM
balloon sinuplasty

  If you live in Houston, TX, you’re likely well familiar with allergies. And, allergies, chronic sinusitis (chronic rhinosinusitis) and other related conditions are a prevalent medical problem not only in Houston, but in the entire country.  In fact, the National Institutes of Health reports that accounts for nearly two percent of all primary doctor visits and over 37 million people in the U.S. alone are impacted by chronic rhinosinusitis.… Read More

Acute vs Chronic Sinusitis: Treatment Options

  Are you experiencing a cold that doesn't seem to want to go away? If it lasts over 10 days or seems to be getting worse even after you thought it was getting better, it could be a sign of sinusitis. This is a condition where inflammation or infection affects your sinuses.… Read More

Everything Houston Residents Need to Know About Sinusitis Diagnosis

Pavlina Suchanova, MD
May 17, 2017
June 20, 2019 10:46 PM

Stuffy nose, a cough, facial pain and swelling, with a side dose of headache. Feeling tired and sleepy. All of these symptoms may point to the fact that, while you think you are suffering from allergies in Houston, you are actually a victim of sinusitis.… Read More

What is a Sinus Infection? (Signs and Symptoms)

Pavlina Suchanova, MD
May 16, 2017
May 1, 2019 03:19 AM
sinus infections

In some parts of the country where allergies are a common complaint, like Houston, signs of a sinus infection may be overlooked. Actually, it is often difficult to recognize distinct symptoms of sinus infection when everyone around you is suffering from sniffles, sneezes, watery eyes, headaches, congestion and scratchy throats, whether it's due to pollen or the annual cold and flu season.… Read More


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