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Alternative namesInfectious myringitis is a contagious disease that causes painful blisters on the eardrum (tympanum). It is always associated with a middle-ear infection ( otitis media ).
Causes, incidence, and risk factorsInfectious myringitis is caused by a viral or bacterial infection.
The main symptom is pain that persists for 24-48 hours.
The general treatment is with antibiotic therapy. If the pain is severe, the blisters may be lanced and narcotics may be prescribed.
Update Date: 10/12/2003James L. Demetroulakos, M.D., F.A.C.S., Department of Otolaryngology, North Shore Medical Center, Salem, MA. Clinical instructor in Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT