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What are the symptoms of mastoiditis?

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

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


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My CT head scan from 2 yrs ago showed chronic bilateral mastoiditis.I've had no symptoms. Could I still have this condition?

My CT head scan from 2 yrs ago showed chronic bilateral mastoiditis.I've had no symptoms. Could I still have this condition?

Have ears inspected: Mastoiditis is due to chronic middle ear infection. Though you may not have symptoms now, signs point to a prior episode with the chronic effects noted on your CT. Refer to your physician or a specialist to inspect and clean the ear canal as well as determine if you need oral antibiotics or eardrops. If active and left untreated, further complications are possible. ...Read more

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My CT head scan report from 2yrs ago said I have bilateral chronic mastoiditis.I'm 19 now. What's that?What r the symptoms?Can it be treated or cured?

Many symptoms: Symptoms include fever, irritability,and lethargy,swelling of ear lobe,redness,tenderness and pain behind the ear, drainage from ear.Inner ear infections.Chronic mastoiditis is treated with oral antibiotics, eardrops, and regular ear cleanings by a doctor. If these do not work, surgery may be necessary to prevent further complication.Mastoid cell underdevelopment may mimic mastoid disease. ...Read more

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Tooth abscess or mastoiditis symptooms?

Different symptoms: See your dentist if you think you have an abscess in your mouth or you have dental pain. Mastoiditis needs immediate care by an md. ...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 happens if mastoiditis isn't treated?

What happens if mastoiditis isn't treated?

Mastoiditis: If left untreated, true suppurative acute mastoiditis, could lead to extracranial ( facial paralysis, labyrinthitis, petrositis, subperiosteal abscess) and/or intracranial (meningitis, brain abscess, extradural abscess, subdural abscess) complications. ...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 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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