Mastoiditis is a rare infection that affects the mastoid bone which is located behind the ear.
What is mastoiditis?
The mastoid process is a part of the temporal bones situated at the sides and base of the human skull. It is filled with mastoid cells, which vary in size and number, and are filled with air. It’s located just behind the ear canal. Inflammation in the mucosal lining of these mastoid cells is the cause of mastoiditis.
Mastoiditis is usually caused by bacteria traveling from the middle ear to the mastoid cells. The inflammation of the mastoid cells causes damage to the bony structure. If left untreated, the infection can spread to surrounding areas, including the brain, which will result in serious complications.
What are the causes of mastoiditis?
The basic cause of mastoiditis is when bacteria spread from the middle ear to the mastoid air cells, where it causes inflammation and harms the bony structure.
- Untreated otitis media (middle ear infection) more often than not results into mastoiditis.
- Various Streptococci and Haemophilius, as well as M. Catarrhalis, are the most common organisms recovered in acute mastoiditis.
- The infection can also occur due to a blockage of ear drainage. This blockage usually occurs due to a tumour in the middle ear called Cholesteatoma.
- A perforation the tympanic membrane (ear-drum) could also lead to the inflammation of the mastoid cells.
What are the symptoms of mastoiditis?
Mastoiditis is a disease that showcases a range of symptoms, depending on the level of infection. Here are a few common symptoms usually observed-
- Pain and tenderness of the area behind the ear.
- Swelling and redness in the mastoid bone and/or the ear.
- The ear may also pain if the tympanic membrane swells up.
- Fever and chills are common in acute mastoiditis.
- Drainage from the ears – usually brown coloured discharge or pus can be observed in patients suffering from mastoiditis. However, frequent infections of the ear can result in a foul-smelling or, even, bloody discharge from the ears.
- Mastoiditis is a dangerous infection as it can even cause hearing loss in the affected individual.
- Sometimes, the infection can result in light-headedness or, if severe, vertigo.
- In extremely severe cases, mastoiditis can also end up developing a brain abscess or other complications in the skull such as papilledema. Papilledema is a condition that causes headaches and swelling behind the eyes.
Mastoiditis is very common in infants. However, the symptoms are not very specific and often manifest themselves as anorexia, diarrhoea, and irritability.
Which homeopathic medicines can treat mastoiditis?
Many various types of earaches are cured with homeopathic treatment without any hassles. Following are some of the medicines that are commonly prescribed for the homeopathic treatment of mastoiditis.
Belladonna is used for the treatment of fever, flu, nausea, earache, headache, measles and mumps. Hence, it is very useful for mastoiditis.
Pain from mastoiditis is very severe and chamomilla is useful is calming the person down by acting as mild sleep medicine. It’s often used for children who face sleeplessness due to teething, earaches, etc.
It is used for various problems such as toothaches, earaches, osteoarthritis, nerve pain, and fever.
Pulsatilla is used for various conditions such as tension headaches, migraines, earaches, nerve pain, general restlessness, boils, etc.
It is a medicine which provides relief from infections, inflammations, fever, etc.
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