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Antibiotics For Mastoiditis
I have been diagnosed with mastoiditis. I am starting antibiotic 4. My pain is bad; is an ER visit warranted? How quickly can this become acute?
Have tubes because of mastoiditis now have ear infec tubes shifted down taking antibiotic and drops can't hear drainage not getting better y?
Tubes open?: You need to get to an ENT to make sure that your tubes are in and working. Your hearing could be down for many reasons so, it's best to get checked out. ...Read more
A MRI showed mastoiditis. I am on antibiotics for this. I have none of the symptoms for this condition but have extreme dizziness. Ear crystals?
If it is possible I have mastoiditis and I was given antibiotic ear drops for an ear infection, would that alone likely solve the problem?
Diagnosed with mastoiditis, my ear feels fine, no swelling or redness. Had a fever but antibiotics are working well. How long does this typically last?
Not always the same!: Mastoiditis is usually caused by an "untreated" middle ear infection. Treatment is primarily with antibiotics and/or surgery. Conventional oral antibiotics for middle ear infection usually prevents complications and spread of infection in mastoiditis. In the US, mastoiditis treatment is usually with IV antibiotics. If more severe-surgery is indicated with an ENT physician. ...Read more
I had a CT angiogram done. Doctor notated a "slight Mastoiditis". No antibiotics were given. Should I be taking some?
Diagnosed w/ acute mastoiditis. No ear pain, swelling, redness, fever. Horrible headache. 10 days on antibiotic. 1 week after finishing headache back?
Mastoiditis: Recommend you see an otolaryngologist (ENT) for detailed exam which will likely include hearing testing and ct of temporal bone if one has not been performed already. ...Read more
3yo w/ear infection on antibiotic drops fever pain resolved very small area of pink behind upper ear no swelling. Mastoiditis?
Takn antibiotics for about a week for a sore throat now have a bad cough and hurts the back of hrad when I swallow y could this b had mastoiditis year?
Headaches, jaw, ear, eye pain. MRI: possible (r) mastoiditis and (l)petrous apicitis. Should I have prompt antibiotics to prevent complication?
Yes: In my opinion this needs to be treated ASAP. ...Read more
Doctor on here said mastoiditis. Went to DR, no mention. Possible while on antibiotics? Now I'm kind of paranoid. Slight ear pain/ringing/muffled sound for 8 days. I have been on augmentin/clav since it started. No pain behind ear. Now Flonase
Yes, for sure.: It is fairly common in children. Usually it can be treated with just a tube in the eardrum, but sometimes needs a bigger operation to drain the infection. Beware of doctors overcalling "mastoiditis" on ct or MRI scans, when all they are seeing is fluid in the mastoid. This is seen with any ear infection for a while afterwards. ...Read more
CT scan: If there is not clear cut swelling behind the ear, then ct scan is the best way to diagnose mastoiditis. Cloudy mastoid cells on ct is not mastoiditis, that is just an ear infection. If there is breakdown of the tiny air sacs of the mastoid bone on ct, then the diagnosis of mastoiditis is correct. ...Read more
Look to the ear:
Acute mastoiditis has fever, ear pain, tenderness behind the ear, and the ear may even stick out more than it normally does.
Chronic mastoiditis shows with drainage which persists despite common treatments.
See your ear doctor for chronic but get immediate care for an acute case as it may need urgent surgery. ...Read more
Difficult question: True mastoiditis - a purulent infection of the mastoid bone - is ridiculously rare in this day. In my 22 years of practice I have never seen it. I have, however, had patients referred to me with pain around their ears who were told they had mastoiditis who had something else such as jaw spasm. Sometimes patients have a ct or MRI with benign swelling misdiagnosed as mastoiditis. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more
Consult an ENT dr: Often, people will have fluid in the mastoid on imaging studies performed after head trauma. This may or may not mean that mastoiditis is present. It may be blood pooled in the mastoid, spinal fluid leaking, or excess mucous pooling in the mastoid. Each cause is managed differently. It would be prudent to be evaluated by an ears, nose, and throat physician. ...Read more
From: Rear inf, throat or from blood from ulcers around the tear. ...Read more
Depends: Acute mastoiditis can be treated with myringotomy and tube placement on the ipsilateral ear drum to allow drainage. Antibiotic given intravenously, by mouth and/or via antibiotic drops are commonly used depending on how ill the patient is. Mastoidectomy can be performed in patient not responding to the aforementioned treatment. ...Read more
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