Mastoiditis

Mastoiditis is an infection of the mastoid bone of the skull . I think it might be a good idea to have the doctor check it out because what you describe kinda sounds like mastoiditis--i.e. infection and/or inflammation of the mastoid bone behind the ear which can spread in the head area. The mastoid is located just behind the outside ear .
Overview
Drainage from the earEar pain or discomfortFever , may be high or suddenly increaseHeadacheHearing lossRedness of the ear or behind the earSwelling behind ear , may cause ear to stick out
Symptoms
Mastoiditis may be difficult to treat because medications may not reach deep enough into the mastoid bone . It may require repeated or long - term treatment . The infection is treated with antibiotics by injection , then antibiotics by mouth.Surgery to remove part of the bone and drain the mastoid -LRB- mastoidectomy -RRB- may be needed if antibiotic therapy is not successful . Then about 2 months ago i was back in the hospital for a week with mastoiditis again and had another week of IV antibiotics and another round at home. Surgery to drain the middle ear through the eardrum -LRB- myringotomy -RRB- may be needed to treat the middle ear infection .
Treatment
Mastoiditis is usually caused by a middle ear infection -LRB- acute otitis media -RRB- . For a long time now, I've suffered from chronic otitis media, and chronic serous otitis media. The infection may spread from the ear to the mastoid bone of the skull . Often resulting from the spread of an inner ear infection, mastoiditis is an infection of the skull's mastoid bone that can cause the bone structure to deteriorate The mastoid bone fills with infected materials and its honeycomb - like structure may deteriorate.Mastoiditis usually affects children . Before antibiotics , mastoiditis was one of the leading causes of death in children . Now it is a relatively uncommon and much less dangerous condition .
Causes
An examination of the head may reveal signs of mastoiditis . The following tests may show an abnormality of the mastoid bone : CTscan of the earHead CT scanSkull x - rayA culture of drainage from the ear may show bacteria .
Tests & diagnosis
Mastoiditis is curable with treatment . I was admitted and then got a cat scan and was diagnosed with bilateral mastoiditis (it was in both my mastoid bones) and was put on an aggressive IV antibiotic treatment for a week in the hospital and was sent home with another 2 weeks of anti-biotics However , it may be hard to treat and may come back .
Prognosis
Promptly and completely treating ear infections reduces the risk of mastoiditis . That was my daughters case...she has psudonomas in her ear....developed mastoiditis and then a tumor..go figure. ------------------ Lisa
Prevention
Destruction of the mastoid boneDizziness or vertigoEpidural abscessFacial paralysisMeningitisPartial or complete hearing lossSpread of infection to the brain or throughout the body
Complications
Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of mastoiditis.Call for an appointment with your health care provider if : You have an ear infection that does not respond to treatment or is followed by new symptomsYour symptoms do not respond to treatment My mom also has a chronic health problem so she is good to talk with as well.

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