Sinusitis Treatment Specialists

Sinusitis means your sinuses are inflamed. The cause can be an infection or another problem. Your sinuses are hollow air spaces within the bones surrounding the nose. They produce mucus, which drains into the nose. If your nose is swollen, this can block the sinuses and cause pain.

There are several types of sinusitis, including

      • Acute, which lasts up to 4 weeks
      • Subacute, which lasts 4 to 12 weeks
      • Chronic, which lasts more than 12 weeks and can continue for months or even years
      • Recurrent, with several attacks within a year


Acute sinusitis often starts as a cold, which then turns into a bacterial infection. Allergies, nasal problems, and certain diseases can also cause acute and chronic sinusitis.

Symptoms of sinusitis can include fever, weakness, fatigue, cough, and congestion. There may also be mucus drainage in the back of the throat, called postnasal drip.

Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure that ear, nose and throat surgeons use for the treatment of blocked sinuses. Patients diagnosed with sinusitis but not responding to medications may be candidates for sinus surgery.

Less Invasive Surfer's Ear Treatment

Medically known as "exostosis of the external auditory canal," surfer's ear is caused by repeated exposure to cold water and wind. Cooling of the ear canal stimulates bone growth that narrows the canal and blocks the eardrum.

Dr. Alavi is the only Ventura County doctor that performs outpatient procedures in the office to treat surfer's or swimmer's ear.

Meet Dr. Alavi

Dr. Armin Alavi attended college at Cambridge Tutors College, Surrey, England and University College, London, England. He studied medicine at Southhampton Medical School, England from 1994 to 2000 and obtained his medical degree in 2000. He completed his General Surgery training in England and obtained a general surgery diploma in 2005 and became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. In 2005 he moved to Los Angeles, CA and commenced further post-graduated training (residency) in Otolaryngology (ENT)- Head & Neck Surgery at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center in 2005. He completed his residency successfully in July 2010.

Ventura Ear, Nose and Throat

Ventura Ear, Nose and Throat is the oldest established private practice in Ventura. Dr. Armin Alavi specializes in surgeries of the ears, nose, throat, head and neck, as well cosmetic and plastic surgeries many of which can be performed right in our main office located at 3555 Loma Vista Road, Suite 200 in Ventura, CA.

Dr. Alavi is very pleased to announce the opening of Pacific View ENT, a full-service otolaryngology clinic located at 533 E. Micheltorena Street, Suite 203, Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Alavi provides rapid symptom relief and real improvement in your patients’ health and overall quality of life through a comprehensive range of evidence-based treatments and advanced surgeries.