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Mastoiditis (say "mass-toy-DY-tus") is an infection that affects the bone behind the ear. It most often occurs after an ear infection. Sometimes an ear infection can spread to areas outside of the ear. This can cause new problems, like mastoiditis.
The swelling behind your ear can push the ear forward. As the swelling goes away, the ear will move back to its normal place.
Antibiotics are the most common treatment for mastoiditis. If the antibiotics don't work, you may need ear tubes put in your ears to help drain fluid over time.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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