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Mastoiditis (say "mass-toy-DY-tus") means the bone behind the ear is infected. An ear problem may start with a cold. Sometimes the infection spreads to areas outside of the middle ear. This can cause new problems, such as a bone infection.
The swelling behind your ear can push the ear forward. As the swelling goes away, the ear will move back to its normal place. Your doctor may have drained fluid from the middle ear. You may have had ear tubes put in your ear to 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 call line 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 call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: April 15, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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