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.

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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?

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...

I am recovering from a ear infection/ mastoiditis. Now I have a red line going down my neck. Is this normal?

Worrisome. Any time you see a red line highlighting skin it suggests there is infection extending in that area. I would suggest you schedule a visit with your treating doc as soon as practical. Read more...

How long after an ear infection does mastoiditis start?

7 days. Acute infection of the mastoid air cells is a complication of acute otitis media. It was more common in the pre-antibiotic ear than now. Symptoms usually appear 7 days after acute otitis media. Patients with mastoiditis are acutely ill, have fever, extreme ear pain, and occasional ear drainage. The area behind the affected ear will be red, tender and edematous. Read more...
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...

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...

My baby ws treated with antibiotic for an ear infection, she's still rubbin the ear but no crying, us this norm after treatment?

Common problem. Many babies will have fluid left behind the eardrum for weeks after the germ is killed.That can produce a fealing fullness like when you are flying and need to pop your ears. Babies can also fail at treatment or re-infect. I encourage a followup visit to check the ear about 3-4 wks from the start of treatment in infants to be sure it worked. Read more...