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 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.
Pain comes on suddenly and lasts anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. Other symptoms may
include drainage from the infected ear,
temporary hearing loss, and fever.
Bullous myringitis is usually treated with antibiotics and pain killers. Sometimes
the blisters need to be drained surgically.
Bullous myringitis is painful, but in most cases can be successfully treated with
no lasting impact on hearing.
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