Mastoiditis primary prevention

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Mastoiditis Microchapters


Patient Information


Historical Perspective




Differentiating Mastoiditis from other Diseases

Epidemiology and Demographics

Risk Factors


Natural History, Complications and Prognosis


History and Symptoms

Physical Examination

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Medical Therapy


Primary Prevention

Secondary Prevention

Cost-Effectiveness of Therapy

Future or Investigational Therapies

Case Studies

Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: : Mehrian Jafarizade, M.D [2]


Preventing mastoiditis primarily involves preventing development of otitis media and nasopharyngitis. This is achieved by administration of the pneumococcal and influenza vaccines, frequent washing of hands, and avoiding fluid transmission and respiratory droplets from nasopharyngitis patients. Preventing exposure to air pollution and potential middle ear irritants, such as secondhand smoke, helps prevent otitis media. For infants, preventive measures include avoiding pacifiers, avoiding daycare enrollment, and breastfeeding until at least 6 months of age. A prophylactic regimen of antibiotics can prevent otitis media in at-risk infants and children.

Primary Prevention

Preventive measures for mastoiditis such as the following involve preventing the development of otitis media and nasopharyngitis from infectious pathogens:

  • Avoid first or secondhand smoke or other air pollutants with potential for middle ear irritation.[2]
  • Avoid use of pacifiers in infants.
  • Avoid enrollment in daycare centers.
  • Breastfeed infants until at least 6 months of age[3]

Administering a prophylactic antibiotic regimen for children at risk of developing recurrent otitis media (such as immunosuppressed children or the genetically susceptible):


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