Bullous myringitis

Alternative names 
Infectious myringitis

Infectious 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 factors
Infectious 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.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 4, 2012
by Harutyun Medina, M.D.

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