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 (
Mastoiditis is curable with treatment. However, it may be hard to treat and may come back.
- Destruction of the mastoid bone
Dizzinessor vertigo Epidural abscess Facial paralysis Meningitis
- Partial or complete
- Spread of infection to the brain or throughout the body
Calling your health care provider
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 infectionthat does not respond to treatment or is followed by new symptoms
- Your symptoms do not respond to treatment