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What is Mumps?

Home Remedies for MumpsBefore the introduction of the vaccination, Mumps was a common childhood illness that affected up to 200,000 people in the United States each year. While the prevalence of the illness has drastically decreased, mumps still occurs, especially in third world countries, and tends to come in waves or epidemics where a number of people are affected over a short period of time. Mumps is a viral infection that primarily affects the salivary glands causing them to become inflamed, resulting in the characteristic “chipmunk cheeks” that are commonly associated with the illness. As with most childhood illnesses, mumps is usually a fairly mild illness in children and tends to be far worse if contracted in adulthood. Adults are also more likely to develop complications such as infertility deafness, or to suffer a miscarriage. Although mumps can cause some serious consequences, most children recover swiftly without complications with in 10 -12 days.

Mumps Causes:

  1. The virus responsible for a mumps infection can easily spread from one person to another, which is why you need to exercise caution if you are infected or if there is a possibility of exposure. Most doctors claim that mumps is highly contagious; perhaps as easily transmissible as the common cold or flu. There is an incubation period of around 14 to 24 days, for the symptoms of mumps to show up. This means that after exposure to the mumps virus you may not even realize that you are infected for another two to three weeks. During this time, you could pass the virus on to the other people you are in close contact with. On a positive note, once you have been infected you can not suffer from mumps again, as your body develops an immunity to the virus.
  2. Although anyone can be affected by mumps, this condition seems to be more common in children than it is in adults. Studies show that unvaccinated children, who are between the ages of 2 and 12 years are at a much higher risk of developing this condition

Mumps Symptoms:

  1. Intense pain in the salivary glands on either one or both sides of the face, usually accompanied by severe swelling
  2. Difficulty in chewing, swallowing or even talking, due to the pain
  3. Puffiness of the cheeks
  4. Mild to moderate fever
  5. Fatigue and weakness
  6. Headaches and muscle pain
  7. Sore throat
  8. Loss of appetite
  9. High fever (more than 103 degrees F)
  10. Disorientation or confusion

Mumps Prevention Tips:

  1. Get plenty of rest and relaxation, until the fever goes away. Avoid talking more than necessary, so that you can give your jaw rest, which will alleviate the pain around the ears
  2. Use a warm moist or cool towel over the neck to soothe the pain of swollen glands.
  3. Be isolated from friends and family members to prevent the spreading of the disease.
  4. Make sure to get plenty of fluids. Regular cool drinks will also help ease the pain of a sore throat.
  5. Avoid sour foods or citrus drinks as these stimulate the salivary glands.
  6. Monitor closely for any signs of complications such as pain and swelling of the testes, abdominal pain, and high fever.
  7. Take some over the counter pain relievers to alleviate the discomfort caused by mumps. However, children should not be given medication that is recommended for adults.

Mumps Home Remedies:

  1. Ginger: Make a thick paste from dry ginger and water and apply it on to the swollen area around the ears. This should reduce not just the swelling, but also the pain in the area.
  2. Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera juice and gel are excellent remedies for many health problems, including the mumps. Take a fresh Aloe Vera leaf and slice it, so that its natural gel is exposed. Rub this gel on to the area that is inflamed, for relied from the pain and swelling.
  3. Cold therapy: It is an excellent way to reduce swelling caused by mumps. Rubbing an ice pack should also help numb the area for a while, which reduces the pain naturally.
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