May also be called: Infectious Myringitis
Bullous myringitis is an infection of the tympanic membrane, otherwise known as
the eardrum. Small fluid-filled blisters form on the eardrum and cause severe
More children get bullous myringitis than adults. It is spread by the same viruses
and bacteria that cause middle
ear infections (otitis media), and so the two often appear together.
Pain comes on suddenly and lasts anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. Other symptoms may
include drainage from the infected ear,
hearing loss, and fever.
Bullous myringitis typically is treated with antibiotics and pain killers
(oral or topical). Sometimes the blisters need to be drained surgically.
Bullous myringitis is painful, but it can be successfully treated with no lasting
impact on hearing.
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