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ICD-10 code: H73.0

Chapter: Diseases of the ear and mastoid process

Understanding Acute Myringitis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Acute myringitis is a condition that affects the eardrum or tympanic membrane. It is a painful condition that can cause discomfort, hearing loss, and other complications. In this article, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment of acute myringitis.

Causes of Acute Myringitis

Acute myringitis can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. The most common cause of acute myringitis is a viral infection such as the flu, colds, or other respiratory infections. Bacterial infections can also cause acute myringitis, particularly in cases of otitis media, which is an infection of the middle ear.

Symptoms of Acute Myringitis

The most common symptom of acute myringitis is pain in the ear. The pain can be severe and throbbing and may be accompanied by a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear. Other symptoms of acute myringitis include:

  1. Ear pain that worsens with movement or pressure changes
  2. Drainage from the ear
  3. Fever
  4. Hearing loss or muffled hearing
  5. Ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
Treatment of Acute Myringitis

The treatment of acute myringitis depends on the underlying cause of the condition. If the cause is a viral infection, the symptoms can usually be managed with pain relievers and rest. Antibiotics may be necessary if the condition is caused by a bacterial infection.

In some cases, a doctor may need to drain fluid from the middle ear to relieve pressure and reduce pain. This is typically done through a small incision made in the eardrum.

It is important to seek medical attention if you suspect that you have acute myringitis. Untreated, the condition can lead to complications such as hearing loss, ruptured eardrums, and other ear infections.


Acute myringitis is a painful condition that can have serious complications. It is important to seek medical attention if you experience symptoms of acute myringitis. With proper treatment, most cases of acute myringitis can be managed effectively and without long-term consequences.

Diagnosis Codes for Acute myringitis | H73.0

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