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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. Hirenkumar Italia
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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?

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

Dr. Joshua Gottschall
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Mastoiditis (Definition)

Mastoiditis is an infection of the mastoid bone, which is a bone of the skull, located just behind the ear. The mastoid bone has air-containing spaces in which an infection can develop. Patients usually have pain and redness in the area of the ...Read more