Myringitis (Middle Ear, Tympanic Membrane, Inflammation) Follow-up

Updated: Oct 19, 2018
  • Author: John Schweinfurth, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

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  • Carry out general antibacterial and anti-inflammatory therapy on outpatient basis.

  • Remove the packing from the canal after 7-14 days. Clean out the canal and recommend eardrops 3 times per day until healing is complete.

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Inpatient & Outpatient Medications

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Deterrence/Prevention

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  • Advise patients to protect ears from water in pools or in the shower and to avoid trauma to the EAC and the TM from removal of earwax. Patients who have recurrent episodes of myringitis should be taught to use 70% propyl alcohol or acidifying drops after every exposure to water.

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Complications

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Prognosis

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  • In most cases, patients with myringitis have a favorable prognosis.

  • As a rule, the prognosis is favorable. In case of destruction of the new TM, the surgeon may assess the reasons for the failure and repeat myringoplasty with necessary corrections.

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Patient Education

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  • Instruct patients to protect the EAC from penetration of water while washing hair or taking a shower.

  • For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's Ear, Nose, and Throat Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education articles Earache and Earwax.

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