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ICD-10 code: H73.00

Chapter: Diseases of the ear and mastoid process

Understanding Unspecified Acute Myringitis

Unspecified acute myringitis, also known as acute otitis media, is a common ear infection that affects the middle ear. It occurs when the Eustachian tube, which connects the back of the nose to the middle ear, becomes blocked or swollen, causing a buildup of fluid in the middle ear.

This condition is most commonly seen in young children, but it can also affect adults. Although typically not serious, if left untreated, it can lead to more severe complications such as hearing loss or a ruptured eardrum.


The symptoms of unspecified acute myringitis can vary but typically include:

  1. Ear pain
  2. Difficulty hearing
  3. Fever
  4. Drainage from the ear
  5. Irritability in young children

These symptoms can be mild to severe and can last for a few days to several weeks.


Most cases of unspecified acute myringitis will resolve on their own within a few days to a week. Pain relief medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help manage pain and fever. Over-the-counter ear drops may also be used to help ease any discomfort.

In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed if the condition is severe or if the patient is at risk for complications. It is important to finish the entire course of antibiotics as prescribed, even if symptoms improve.


There are several ways to help prevent unspecified acute myringitis:

  1. Wash your hands frequently to reduce the risk of infection
  2. Avoid smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke
  3. Practice good hygiene, especially during cold and flu season
  4. Ensure that you and your children are up to date on all vaccinations
  5. Avoid sharing utensils or other items that may spread infection

Unspecified acute myringitis is a common ear infection that can be uncomfortable but is typically not serious. If you or your child experiences any symptoms of this condition, it is important to seek medical attention to prevent any potential complications.