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Doctor insights on: Antibiotics For Mastoiditis

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After three antibiotics, My mastoiditis keeps coming back. Does that mean I need a mastoidectomy?

Maybe: Possibly yes, but it depends on which antibiotics you have had and for how long, and probably on sophisticated imaging such as CT or MRI. Ask your doctor; or maybe it's time for referral to an ENT specialist if that hasn't been done. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

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Have tubes because of mastoiditis now have ear infec tubes shifted down taking antibiotic and drops can't hear drainage not getting better y?

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

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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?

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?

No: True mastoiditis is an urgent problem usually requiring hospital care and IV antibiotics. I doubt anyone would send you out with ear drops if this were the diagnosis. ...Read more

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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?

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?

A week: It could last 7-10 days could be longer if it was severe some might end up requiring surgery so it is unpredictable but the mild one with antibiotic 7-10 days ...Read more

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Is mastoiditis treated with the same antibiotics as ear infections?

Is mastoiditis treated with the same antibiotics as ear infections?

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

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I had a CT angiogram done. Doctor notated a "slight Mastoiditis". No antibiotics were given. Should I be taking some?

I had a CT angiogram done. Doctor notated a "slight Mastoiditis". No antibiotics were given. Should I be taking some?

Mastoiditis: I think you mean mastitis, if this was CT of chest. If so, are you having symptoms of redness, drainage or fever that would indicate infection. If for whatever reason you do have mastoiditis you should see an ENT physician ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ acute mastoiditis. No ear pain, swelling, redness, fever. Horrible headache. 10 days on antibiotic. 1 week after finishing headache back?

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

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3yo w/ear infection on antibiotic drops fever pain resolved very small area of pink behind upper ear no swelling. Mastoiditis?

3yo w/ear infection on antibiotic drops fever pain resolved very small area of pink behind upper ear no swelling. Mastoiditis?

Mastoiditis: With mastoiditis you would notice swelling with tenderness. Often the ear on that side appears more prominent. Continue to observe her for further symptoms. All the best. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Be reviewed: It may be the antibiotic only partially treated your infection or you may have a new infection. With your past history of mastoiditis it would be better to be examined. Be reviewed soon. All the best. ...Read more

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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

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

Relax: Mastoiditis as an extension of middle ear disease is a realistic concern for some symptoms but relatively easy to rule out by an in person evaluation. You had one & that's better than submitting vague symptoms online. Follow up with your regular doc as needed. ...Read more

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Mastoiditis or bacterial meningiti, s which is more dangerous?

Mastoiditis or bacterial meningiti, s which is more dangerous?

Meningitis: One of the worst complications from mastoiditis is meningitis, which can be lethal. ...Read more

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Has anyone treated mastoiditis?

Has anyone treated mastoiditis?

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

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What are the tests for mastoiditis?

What are the tests for mastoiditis?

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

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What are the symptoms of mastoiditis?

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

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What are some signs that I may have mastoiditis?

See below: Acute mastoiditis is usually accompanied by middle ear infection. In the early stages there is hearing loss, ear pain and fever. Later swelling, redness and tenderness develop over the mastoid bone behind the ear. ...Read more

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Does mastoiditis cause chronic headaches?

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

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What do you do for mastoiditis caused by head trauma?

What do you do for mastoiditis caused by head trauma?

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

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What is mastoiditis?

Infection: Mastoiditis is a bacterial infection of the mastoid bone. The mastoid bone, sits behind the ear. Middle ear infections can lead to mastoiditis. ...Read more

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Does mastoiditis recur?

Possible: Yes it can recur. Any infection in the body has the potential to reoccur. Please have your doctor evaluate you if there are any signs of pain, swelling, redness, warmness, fever or chills. ...Read more

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How does mastoiditis spread?

See below: Untreated mastoiditis can spread to the brain leading to meningitis or brain abcess which can be fatal. The specialty of ENT was created prior to the discovery of penicillin and at that time mastoidectomy is the only life saving treatment! ...Read more

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What can be done for mastoiditis?

Antibiotics or surge: Antibiotics will be the first line of treatment for any infection, but is the infection does not clear up surgery will be needed. ...Read more

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What can be done for mastoiditis?

What can be done for mastoiditis?

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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Could I have mastoiditis? How do I tell?

See MD ASAP: If you have any concern about this as a possibility, please see an md asap! ...Read more

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What happens if mastoiditis isn't treated?

What happens if mastoiditis isn't treated?

Mastoiditis: If left untreated, true suppurative acute mastoiditis, could lead to extracranial (facial paralysis, labyrinthitis, petrositis, subperiosteal abscess) and/or intracranial (meningitis, brain abscess, extradural abscess, subdural abscess) complications. ...Read more

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Do you have any information on mastoiditis?

From the ear: Masoiditis (inflammation of the mastoid air cells behind the ear) is an infection that spreads from ottiis media (infection of the middle ear). Potentially serious. ...Read more

Dr. Joshua Gottschall
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Mastoiditis (Definition)

An infection that affects the mastoid bone, ...Read more