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How long after an ear infection does mastoiditis start?

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 more

Ear Infections (Definition)

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


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I am recovering from a ear infection/ mastoiditis. Now I have a red line going down my neck. Is this normal?

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

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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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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?

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

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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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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?

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 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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Should i be concerned if a lymph node swelling behind my left ear persists long after an ear infection clears up?

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 more

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How long is it supposed to it take for fluid to leave your ear after an ear infection?

How long is it supposed to it take for fluid to leave your ear after an ear infection?

Depends: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infection may persist for 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for fluid to drain in a toddlers eat after an ear infection is already gone?

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 more

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How long will hearing loss last after an ear infection?

How long will hearing loss last after an ear infection?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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How long does a ear infection last?

How long does a ear infection last?

7-10 days: Ear infections (middle ear) can resolve on their own in 7-10 days. The non-infected fluid can persist for up to 3 months behind the ear drum. ...Read more

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How long does an ear infection last?

How long does an ear infection last?

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

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How long will an ear infection last?

How long will an ear infection last?

One week: Most ear infections will heal entirely on their own is 6-7 days. Studies found that taking an antibiotic may actually cause them to last longer than doing nothing. I developed a treatment that parents can do at home that usually resolves the ear infections very quickly. ...Read more

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For how long does a ear infection last?

For how long does a ear infection last?

Varies alot: The symptoms that made you suspect an ear infection in the first place should clear up. Usually this means pain goes away. This usually happens within a couple of days. Then you should get your hearing back. This can take a little longer as it takes more time for the fluid from the infection to get cleared up and hearing to return to normal. Sometimes takes up to 8 weeks to get rid of fluid. ...Read more

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How long does an ear infection take to cure?

How long does an ear infection take to cure?

Not that long: Simple war infections like external ear canal infections can clear with appropriate treatment in a few days. Chronic middle war infections may take longer time, they may need surgery. ...Read more

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For how long does an ear infection last for?

For how long does an ear infection last for?

Ear infection: If treated with antibiotics an ear infection can clear up in 36-48 hours.Untreated an ear infection may clear up in 5-7 days. However fluid fluid in the middle ear may take several weeks to clear up. ...Read more

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Ear infection, how long does it take to get better?

Ear infection, how long does it take to get better?

72 hours: On antibiotics or not, it should be better in 48-72 hours. Otherwise follow up with the doctor. ...Read more

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For how long do a ear infection take to fully recover?

For how long do a ear infection take to fully recover?

Depends: Usually they are cleared up in 2 weeks. They can take a month or more, depending on the germ involved and whether or not there is resistance to treatment. Many resolve without any prescription medications. Some resolve with antibiotics. Others do not resolve unless the infection is drained surgically. ...Read more

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How long does it take ear infection to heal completely?

How long does it take ear infection to heal completely?

It depends: Importantly, if you have been treated with antibiotics and by the time you finish your treatment symptoms have not improved or if they are worse, notify your provider for recommendations. They may need to re-examine the area or treat in a different manner. We are frequently seeing infections that can be from resistant organisms and are harder to treat with some antibiotics. Best not to wait! ...Read more

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For how long does it take for an ear infection to heal?

For how long does it take for an ear infection to heal?

Many issues: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infection may persist for 4-6 weeks, which means hearing is transiently poor for that period. Fever persisting more than 3 d should prompt a call to the treating physician. ...Read more

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How long do you think is a ear infection suppost to last?

How long do you think is a ear infection suppost to last?

Depends: During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-6 wks.If the infection & muck is not cleared out within 90 days that muck can turn to a glue like material.Some infections clear without meds, some benefit from having the muck removed & ventilation tubes placed. Most hearing will return to baseline. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take an ear infection to go?

How long is it supposed to it take an ear infection to go?

Depends: During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-6 wks.If the infection & muck is not cleared out within 90 days that muck can turn to a glue like material.Some infections clear without meds, some benefit from having the muck removed & ventilation tubes placed. Most hearing will return to baseline. ...Read more

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How long does it take an ear to unblock from an ear infection?

Variable: If you have an otitis media, or middle ear infection, an effusion causing a 'blocked' ear can persist even a few weeks. An otitis externa, or swimmers ear, can last 1-2 weeks with proper treatment. ...Read more

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How long should an adult wait to get an ear infection looked at?

SOON AS SYMPTOMATIC: As soon as you have symptoms like pain, drainage, fever and associated symptoms like cough, hedace and fever. ...Read more

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How long can it take for a ear infection to stop with out medicines?

One week: Studies have shown that simple adult otitis media generally gets better within 5-7 days, even without antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Ear Infection (Definition)

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