Infectious myringitis is an infection that causes painful blisters on the eardrum (tympanum).
Infectious myringitis is caused by the same viruses or bacteria that cause middle ear infections. It is often found along with the common cold or other similar infections.
The condition is most common in children but may be seen in adults.
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