Mastoiditis is a bacterial infection of the mastoid air cells surrounding the inner and middle ear. The mastoid bone, which is full of these air cells, is part of the temporal bone of the skull. The mastoid air cells are thought to protect the delicate structures of the ear, regulate ear pressure and possibly protect the temporal bone during trauma.

When the mastoid cells become infected or inflamed, often as a result of an unresolved middle ear infection (otitis media), mastoiditis can develop. Because so many vital structures pass through the mastoid, infection may spread outside of the mastoid bone and cause serious health complications. 

Acute mastoiditis typically affects children, but adults can also be affected.

Some people have chronic mastoiditis, an ongoing infection of the middle ear and mastoid that causes persistent drainage from the ear.


As mentioned above, mastoiditis most often develops as a result of a middle ear infection. Bacteria from the middle ear can travel into the air cells of the mastoid bone. Less commonly, a growing collection of skin cells called a cholesteatoma, may block drainage of the ear, leading to mastoiditis.


Mastoiditis symptoms may include:

  • Fever, irritability, and lethargy
  • Swelling of the ear lobe
  • Redness and tenderness behind the ear
  • Drainage from the ear
  • Bulging and drooping Complications.


Mastoiditis complications may include:

  • Facial paralysis
  • Nausea, vomiting, vertigo (labyrinthitis)
  • Hearing loss
  • Brain abscess or meningitis
  • Vision changes or headaches (blood clots in the brain).


The medicines that can be thought of use are:-

  • Merc sol
  • Merc iod flavum
  • Asafoetida
  • Kali iod
  • Pulsatilla
  • Silicea