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How long after an ear infection does mastoiditis start?

How long after an ear infection does mastoiditis start?

Depends: Mastoiditis is an inflammation and infection of the bone next to the ear. It can be from a localized spread of infection from an ear infection and can happen rapidly (if a severe infection) or slowly depending on the infection and immune response. If they develop, it is usually over a week or two from the beginning of an ear infection. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


Dr. Arthur Balin
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Infection (Definition)

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