Infectious myringitis is a painful ear infection that affects the eardrum (myringa). It is caused by bacteria or viruses, and is most common in children.
Symptoms of infectious myringitis
The main symptom of infectious myringitis is severe ear pain. Other symptoms may include:
- Drainage from the ear
- Hearing loss
- Fullness in the ear
- Ringing in the ear
- Blisters on the eardrum
Treatment for infectious myringitis
Treatment for infectious myringitis depends on the cause of the infection. Bacterial myringitis is usually treated with antibiotics. Viral myringitis may not require any treatment, but some people may be prescribed antiviral medications.
In addition to medication, people with infectious myringitis may also need over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, to help relieve ear pain and fever. It is also important to keep the ear clean and dry.
Preventing infectious myringitis
There is no surefire way to prevent infectious myringitis, but there are some things you can do to reduce your risk, such as:
- Keeping your child’s vaccinations up to date
- Treating upper respiratory infections promptly
- Avoiding smoking around your child
- Keeping your child’s ears clean and dry
If you think you or your child may have infectious myringitis, it is important to see a doctor right away. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent complications and improve your chances of a full recovery.