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Why is mastoiditis more dangerous than a sinus infection?

Why is mastoiditis more dangerous than a sinus infection?

Infection of bone: Mastoiditis has increase risk because it is considered an infection of the mastoid bone which can lead to infection in the brain if severe or not treated. A sinus infection is a infection within the sinus cavities which is not near the bone/brain barrier. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...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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What do I do for chronic mastoiditis pain?

See ENT: Consult with an ENT to determine the cause of mastoiditis. A ct scan probably will be required. Also do you have any medical issues that can compromise your immune system, like diabetes, or on chronic steroids? Get treated asap my an ent. ...Read more

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Are there long-term effects of mastoiditis on my child's health?

Usually not.: If the mastoiditis is treated early and appropriately, there are rarely any long term effects. Occasionally, hearing loss, meningitis, other major infections and scarring can occur but this is fairly rare. ...Read more

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I'm just getting over mastoiditis,Sometimes I get random pains in my head but otherwise I feel fine.Anything I should watch out for just in case?

I'm just getting over mastoiditis,Sometimes I get random pains in my head but otherwise I feel fine.Anything I should watch out for just in case?

MASTOIDITIS: MASTOIDITIS IS DIFFICULT TO TREAT: you should rest irrigate sinuses with saline/take a nasal spray like Nasonex (mometasone) and finish a 2-3week course of antibiotics ie bactrim/augmentin /cipro. avoid abrupt changes in pressure. Ie flying/scuba/swimming if diving or snorkeling is undertaken. These activities may increase risk of worsening MASTOIDITIS/SINUSITIS/OTITIS. Monitor for fever and recheck CT ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with acute mastoiditis.Just moved so no primary.Any suggestions on how to see a Dr quickly for a follow up?I don't know what to do.

Head & Neck Surgeon: If Inadequately treated, mastoiditis can result in a serious complications. Therefore, follow-up office visits are recommended to evaluate results of the previous treatment and to check for recurrence. See head and neck surgeon, they are the experts in this field. ...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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How quickly will mastoiditis spread?

Not quickly: Mastouditis is not contagious. Treatment is usually antibiotics but may require surgery if symptoms do not improve or have recurred several times. ...Read more

Dr. Joshua Gottschall
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Mastoiditis (Definition)

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