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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is mumps?

A highly contagious infection with the Mumps virus.

Symptoms of mumps

  • Pain under the ears, that worsens when pressed

  • Fever

  • Swelling below the ear/s

  • Affected area is warm to touch

  • Headache

  • Ear pain

  • Difficulty opening the mouth due to pain

  • Child refuses to eat

Questions your doctor may ask to check for mumps

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose mumps

  • Does your pain worsen when you press under your ears?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Is the area below your ear(s) swollen?

  • Is the affected area of your body hot to touch?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

Treatment for mumps

Most cases will recover by themselves. Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms, e.g. medicines for fever, ice-packs to the swollen salivary glands. Avoiding hard or sour foods can prevent salivary gland pain as well. Some severe cases can cause infertility in males.

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