Mumps is an infection caused by a virus. It is sometimes called infectious parotitis, and it primarily affects the salivary glands. Mumps is mostly a mild childhood disease. It most often affects children between five and nine years old. However, ...
When mumps starts, your child might have a fever and feel generally unwell. You’ll probably notice swelling in front of your child’s ear and under his chin on at least one side, although swelling might appear on both sides.
The symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite and inflammation and tenderness of one or both salivary glands. The more serious and long-term side effects are described in this article.
Treatment for mumps is focused on relieving symptoms until your body’s immune system fights off the infection. There are currently no medications to treat the mumps virus.
The mumps vaccine is the best way to prevent mumps. The mumps vaccine is combined with the measles and rubella vaccine (MMR vaccine), so a person can receive protection from several diseases with one shot.
If you or your child has mumps, time and rest are the best treatments. There's little your doctor can do to speed recovery. But you can take some steps to ease pain and discomfort and keep others from becoming infected.