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Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus that passes from one person to another through saliva, personal contact and nasal secretions. Mumps largely affects the parotid glands, the organ responsible for producing saliva. The symptoms of Mumps appear within two weeks of exposure to the virus and these include body ache, fatigue, low-grade fever, headache, swelling of the salivary, and many more.
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?
Treatment focuses on symptom relief. Over the counter pain relievers may help but as it is a viral infection, antibiotics do not respond. Mumps usually runs its full course of two weeks before subsiding.
DID YOU KNOW?
Most people who contract mumps do not get it for a second time.