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Mastoiditis Symptoms In Adults
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
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
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
A MRI showed mastoiditis. I am on antibiotics for this. I have none of the symptoms for this condition but have extreme dizziness. Ear crystals?
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?
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
History of sinus infection/ear infections. New symptoms of mastoiditis, pain behind ear, hot red ear, went into ENT, everything checked out normal, was told TMJ "bad jaw joint". Woke up moisture in ear, and pain only in ear, hurts when exhaling.
Seek second opinion: Contrary to popular belief everyone has a hard time diagnosing 100% of the time. Another set of eyes never hurts :) ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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.
Difficult question: True mastoiditis - a purulent infection of the mastoid bone - is ridiculously rare in this day. In my 22 years of practice I have never seen it. I have, however, had patients referred to me with pain around their ears who were told they had mastoiditis who had something else such as jaw spasm. Sometimes patients have a ct or MRI with benign swelling misdiagnosed as mastoiditis. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more
Consult an ENT dr: Often, people will have fluid in the mastoid on imaging studies performed after head trauma. This may or may not mean that mastoiditis is present. It may be blood pooled in the mastoid, spinal fluid leaking, or excess mucous pooling in the mastoid. Each cause is managed differently. It would be prudent to be evaluated by an ears, nose, and throat physician. ...Read more
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