Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by a virus that passes from one person to another through saliva, nasal secretions or close personal contact. The parotid glands are affected by mumps virus. Symptoms are:
• Flu like symptoms
• Body ache
• Loss of appetite
• Low-grade fever
• High fever when salivary glands swell up
• Painful swelling of salivary glands
HOW IS MUMPS DIAGNOSED?
A general physician will diagnose the condition by a physical examination. Imaging and lab tests may also be needed to plan the course of treatment.
HOW IS MUMPS TREATED?
The virus that causes mumps will not respond to antibiotics. Taking adequate rest and painkillers offers relief from pain. The swelling of glands can be soothed through cold compress. Mumps usually subsides within a week or 10 days
DID YOU KNOW?
To reduce the spread of mumps, the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is often given at an early age to help the body become immune to the virus. Since the MMR vaccination was brought in, there has been a 99 percent decrease in mumps cases in the United States.