How To Deal With Pain In The Back Of The Ear?
At night, at first I had an infection in the middle ear that caused pus to drain. Then I treated it using drops containing antibiotics. After 12 days, the middle ear infection had subsided and no longer was bleeding. But sometimes I felt pain in the mastoid bone, however My mastoid bone shows no symptoms of mastoiditis. Is the appearance of pain even though sometimes it is the beginning of mastoiditis? r nThank you,
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Pain in the back of the ear is not always caused by mastoiditis, although mastoiditis can cause this symptom. Some other possible causes of back ear pain include:
middle ear infection (otitis media) enlargement of the lymph nodes behind the ear infection in the tooth disorder of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) head injury
Looking at your previous medical history, the pain you are experiencing at this time could be due to a middle ear infection that has not been resolved, or it could also be because the infection has spread to the mastoid bone causing mastoiditis. In general, mastoiditis will cause symptoms that are more severe than just pain in the back of the ear. Symptoms can include fever, swelling, redness and pain in the back of the ear, discharge from the ear, headache, hearing loss.
A middle ear infection accompanied by discharge of pus from the ear indicates that there has been a perforation (tear) in your eardrum. In this condition, antibiotic ear drops are not recommended. You should check with an ENT doctor before you start treating yourself. Your ENT doctor can perform tests to confirm the diagnosis of the cause of back ear pain that you are currently experiencing and provide a treatment that is more suitable for you.
If indeed you have an unresolved middle ear infection or mastioiditis, this condition must be treated immediately with the appropriate administration of antibiotics. Leaving this condition further can lead to more serious complications such as permanent hearing loss and meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain).
For now, avoid scratching your ears, avoid dropping medicines or fluids into your ears, be careful when showering so that your ears don't get into the water. To help reduce pain you can take painkillers such as paracetamol.
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