Mumps is a contagious viral infection that gets transferred from one person to another through saliva, nasal secretions as well as close physical contact. The condition affects the salivary glands or the parotid glands. The salivary glands are located behind and below the ears. A person with mumps will have swollen salivary glands. The other symptoms are fatigue, headache, body aches, loss of appetite and fever.
HOW IS MUMPS DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician/Homeopath diagnoses Mumps by conducting a physical examination and blood test.
HOW IS MUMPS TREATED?
There's currently no cure for mumps, but the infection should pass within one or two weeks. Treatment is used to relieve symptoms and includes:
• getting plenty of bed rest and fluids
• using painkillers, such as ibuprofen and paracetamol – aspirin shouldn't be given to children under 16
• applying a warm or cool compress to the swollen glands to help relieve pain
DID YOU KNOW?
In pregnant women, there is a high risk of parotid glands being affected which can cause acute discomfort to the mother and the child.