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?
General physician can easily diagnose mumps based on the symptoms and physical examination. The doctor may also check for pain and swelling of the salivary glands present on each side of face.
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?
Most people who contract mumps do not get it for a second time.