Mumps - Symptoms And Treatment
Mumps is a common viral illness, mostly of childhood, caused by a type of virus known as a paramyxovirus that infects the parotid glands-the salivary glands located at the jaw angles below the ears. The virus is contagious for about a week before the disease breaks out, which can make it difficult to track down the source of infection.
Mumps is transmitted from person to person by means of infected droplets of saliva or direct contact with contaminated materials. It can be contracted through sneezing, coughing, kissing, talking, breathing, drinking out of the same glass as an infected person, and sharing utensils. The incubation period of the virus can vary from fourteen to twenty-four days (the average is eighteen days). A person with mumps is contagious any time from forty-eight hours before the onset of symptoms to six days after the symptoms have started. This illness is not as contagious as measles or chickenpox, and one attack usually affords lifetime immunity. Mumps is most common in children between the ages of three and ten, although it can occur through teenage years and, in rare cases, in adulthood. If it does occur after puberty, the ovaries or testes may become involved and sterility may result. If the testicles are affected, they become swollen and painful; if the ovaries or pancreas is affected, abdominal pain results. Other organs that can be affected in rare, severe cases include the brain, pancreas, and kidneys-possibly with serious complications.
Information on the symptoms of mumps
Symptoms include swelling of one or both glands plus headache, fever, chills, decreased appetite, sore throat, and pain when swallowing or chewing, especially when swallowing acidic substances such as citrus juices. Often, one of the parotid glands swells before the other, and as swelling in one gland subsides, the other begins to swell.
In some cases, signs and symptoms of mumps are so mild that no one suspects a mumps infection. Doctors believe that about one in three people may have a mumps infection without symptoms.
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