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How Long After An Ear Infection Does Mastoiditis Start
7 days: Acute infection of the mastoid air cells is a complication of acute otitis media. It was more common in the pre-antibiotic ear than now. Symptoms usually appear 7 days after acute otitis media. Patients with mastoiditis are acutely ill, have fever, extreme ear pain, and occasional ear drainage. The area behind the affected ear will be red, tender and edematous. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more
I am recovering from a ear infection/ mastoiditis. Now I have a red line going down my neck. Is this normal?
Worrisome: Any time you see a red line highlighting skin it suggests there is infection extending in that area. I would suggest you schedule a visit with your treating doc as soon as practical. ...Read more
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?
Can I use peroxide drops in the ear.I had ear infection in 1988, could it have caused mastoiditis and infect the bone, which would only show CT contrast?
I have been diagnosed with mastoiditis as it came up on my CT scan .. I have loss all hearing in my left ear, all started before ear infection though?
Mastoiditis came l8r: I suspect that u had a low-grade ear infection that was "smoldering", spread to the mastoids, & then to the middle ear where it affected ur hearing. At that point, u noticed it. Unfortunately, though uncommon, this spread is described in the literature. Mastoiditis can be serious as it is near the brain. Hopefully, u've seen an ENT (ear-nose-throat) specialist to discuss ur options & get antibioti ...Read more
3yo w/ear infection on antibiotic drops fever pain resolved very small area of pink behind upper ear no swelling. Mastoiditis?
Have had recurring ear infections, but no infection at Thanksgiving. Now have painful mastoiditis symptoms, pain behind left ear and very red hot ear. Going to ear doctor, but how urgent is this? Emergency or just good to go in?
Mastoiditis: is a serious infection.due to its proximity to intracranial structures the chance of intracranial infection like meningitis is high so it is urgent that you should see your doctor immediately so he may treat you with IV antibiotics after doing a radiologic study of your mastoid ands other sinuses ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
History of sinus infection/ear infections. New symptoms of mastoiditis, pain behind ear, hot red ear, went into ENT, everything checked out normal, was told TMJ "bad jaw joint".
Woke up moisture in ear, and pain only in ear, hurts when exhaling.
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
Should i be concerned if a lymph node swelling behind my left ear persists long after an ear infection clears up?
A little: A lymph node swelling is usually a sign of infection. Generally it goes back down after the infection is resolved. If you have a lymph node behind your ear (posterior auricular node) that is enlarged, it is worth checking out with a doctor. It might be a sign of a residual infection in or near the ear, or could be a sign of a lymph node disorder. Please see your regular general practitioner. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long does it usually take for fluid to drain in a toddlers eat after an ear infection is already gone?
4-6 wks: After a true middle ear infection with infected mucous debris, it can take 4-6 weeks for the fluid itself to clear in the absence of repeat infection. Some kids < 1yo can have fluid for up to 3 months with no sign of infection that will also resolve eventually. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Two to three months: When you have a middle ear infection there is fluid accumulated in midle ear due to dysfunction of the eustaquian tube. Even with the fever and symptoms of acute infection( fever, pain) the fluids remains there for two to three months .During that time there can be some compromise to hearing due to blockade of the transmission of the sound waves to the inner ear and to the brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have an ear infection and it started draining yesterday and is still draining constantly, how long will it drain?
I had an ear infection and its affected my facial nerves and I am also diabetic. Want to know if i can regain my nerves again and for how long. Thanks?
Depends: The most important question is if there is paralysis or weakness. If it is paralyzed from herpes or malignant otitis externa facial recovery may take 4-6 months to start and is at high risk to have abnormal facial movement and control. If it is from a middle ear infection then more likely to, be weak with good chance of full recovery. Nerve test can tell degree of injury and predict recovery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Discuss with PCP: If you're asking it likely means you have likely self diagnosed & are using some left over med from another illness or other source. This is not a good idea.You could be right, or wrong.Your problem may not require antibiotics & clear on it's own. Timing & duration of any treatment is best assessed by the professional who confirms the diagnosis & need for treatment. ...Read more
How long does it take for Biaxin (clarithromycin) to start working for an ear infection? I started taking it yesterday evening.
A few days: This type of antibiotic works a little slower than the penicillin based types but eventually works well. The tissue and blood level must build to adequate level while it begins to kill the germs. Much of the discomfort of otitis is caused by the pressure of the fluid/germ mix and take time to improve, regardless of treatment.Pain meds like Ibuprofen helps. ...Read more
I have had a problem with a numb left face due to an ear infection. It is intermittent right now. How long does this usually persist?
Varies: I would see your doctor for this to get an exam done. ...Read more
Depends: Most ear infections can be caused by viruses but if your child has high fever and ear pain then bacteria can play a role. Ear infections caused by bacteria are usually treated for 7-10days with antibiotics. However, fluid behind the ear drum can last weeks to months once the ear infection is treated. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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