A to Z: Bullous Myringitis
May also be called: Infectious Myringitis
Bullous myringitis is an infection of the tympanic membrane (the eardrum). Small fluid-filled blisters form on the eardrum and cause severe pain.
More to Know
More children get bullous myringitis than adults. It's spread by the same viruses and bacteria that cause middle ear infections (otitis media), so the two often happen together.
Bullous myringitis is usually treated with antibiotics and pain killers. Sometimes the blisters need to be drained surgically.
Keep in Mind
Bullous myringitis is painful, but in most cases can be successfully treated with no lasting impact on hearing.
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