Mastoiditis is a serious infection and should be diagnosed and treated quickly with antibiotics .
You may need to go to hospital so antibiotics can be given directly into a vein through a drip.
In some cases, surgery may be needed to either:
If you're admitted to hospital for treatment you'll need to stay in for a few days until the ENT specialists can be sure the infection is under control.
If you've had surgery for mastoiditis, you'll probably need to take one or two weeks off work.
Take care not to get the affected ear wet. You should be able to wash your hair after about a week, providing you don't get water inside your ear.
You should be able to go swimming around four to six weeks after the operation, depending on how well your ear has healed.
Your doctorshould be able to give you specific advice after surgery and at any follow-up appointments.
Read about mastoiditis, a serious bacterial infection that affects the mastoid bone behind the ear.
The symptoms of mastoiditis typically include: redness, tendernessand pain behind the ear swelling behind the ear that can cause it to stick out discharge from the ear a high temperature, irritab
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The mastoid bone has a honeycomb-like structure that contains air spaces called mastoid cells. Mastoiditis can develop if the mastoid cells become infected or inflamed, often followinga persistent mi
Your GP will examine the inside of the ear with an otoscope (a device with a light and magnifying glass). If your GP thinks you have mastoiditis as a complication of a middle ear infection, they'll r
Mastoiditis is a serious infection and should be diagnosed and treated quickly with antibiotics . You may need to go to hospital so antibiotics can be given directly into a vein through a drip. In s
Although most people with mastoiditis don't experience serious complications, treatment isn't always easy and the infectionmay come back. If the mastoid bone isseverely infected and isn't removed, it