How is myringitis treated?

Updated: Oct 19, 2018
  • Author: John Schweinfurth, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Seek emergency department or primary care when a patient presents with acute myringitis, suspected otitis media, external otitis, or foreign bodies in the ear. Analgesics, anti-inflammatory medications, antipruritics, and antihistamines may be prescribed.

In case of suppurative complications, perforated TM, or suspicion of mastoiditis, consultation with an otolaryngology (ENT) specialist is imperative.

A useful method of myringoplasty (surgical closure of a TM perforation), described by Heermann, uses a cartilaginous framework. The TM is supported by the cartilaginous palisade without affecting mobility.


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