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Mumps - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Mumps? Mumps is most commonly accompanied by :

What is Mumps?

Parotid glands are one of the three pairs of salivary glands and are located in front and below the ears. The parotid glands are affected by mumps and get swollen because of a virus. Both or one of the glands may swell up due to mumps. No treatment aimed at mumps is available. Vaccination for the prevention of mumps is important. The mumps virus causes mumps and can spread easily from one person to another by saliva which is infected. Mumps may also be contracted by inhaling saliva droplets from a person who is infected and has just coughed or sneezed. Sharing cups or utensils with a person having mumps can also spread mumps. Mumps doesn’t usually have complications, but they are serious and must be dealt with by a medical professional.

Mumps is most commonly accompanied by :

swelling and inflammation in some body parts like:

  • Testicles- It is also called orchitis and both or one of the testes get enlarged in men who have attained puberty. It is painful and rarely causes sterility.
  • Breasts and ovaries- Females upon reaching puberty are affected. Fertility generally doesn’t get disrupted.
  • Brain- Encephalitis (inflammation of brain) may be caused by mumps. It may cause neurological problems and may later on be fatal.
  • CNS- Meningitis may occur if the virus affects the central-nervous system as it spreads via the bloodstream.
  • Pancreas- The pancreas may get affected by mumps virus as well and vomiting and nausea may follow.
  • Loss of hearing- In some rare cases, mumps may lead to permanent loss of hearing, in both or one of the ears.

If the doctor thinks that your child or you may have mumps, you may need to get your blood tested. The immune system makes antibodies for fighting of an infection. A blood test will detect antibodies formed against the virus. Recovery from mumps is usually fast and happens within two weeks.

Popular Questions & Answers

One of my friend suffering from parotitis is there any treatment in India can any one tell which doctor should I consult?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
The parotitis is the infection of the parotid glands on the side of the cheek and it is curable by any doctor and antibiotics. You can see any doctor.
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Hi, I have Mumps since 2 months on right side? Is it possible to have since 2 months?

Diploma In Paediatric
Pediatrician, Patna
No! there may be some other cause of swelling. Usually Mumps swelling doesn't persist for 2 months.

Once I was under the attack of a viral infection I . E. Mumps and after that , my mother was also infected by it and from that moment she is not remaining too well. She says that, her neck region and under the ears region are like blocked and is choking her. She's a housewife and whenever she washes clothes with cold water, her ear region and jaw swells up. She had appointed with many doctors but nothing happened. Please help. And give some solution.

Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
Recovery in old age is a bit prolonged, specially with viral diseases like mumps. Let her rest for few more days. Get here tested for antigen of mumps like she was diagnosed earlier. Test may not be negative but you can compare with previous readi...
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I am suffering from mumps. What should I do .my both the glands has been swelled up. Paining heavily.

PDDM, MHA, MBBS
General Physician, Nashik
Because mumps is a virus, it doesn't respond to antibiotics or other medications. However, you can treat the symptoms to make yourself more comfortable while you're sick. Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, t...

I have a problem of weak immune system. Due to it, I often felt problem of coughs and cold. Please suggest what precaution should I mention? And for throat and mumps problem, like tonsil, what necessary action should I take?

MS - ENT,MBBS
ENT Specialist, Kolkata
Hi lybrate-user immunity has a lot to do with rest diet, exercise and lifestyle. If you have repeated or persistent cold it may actually be allergic rather than infection. If due to ideation and you need to bolster your immunity Start have plenty ...
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