1. What is mumps?
Mumps is a viral infection of the salivary glands commonly seen in children. The salivary glands swell in this infection. The condition is contagious and may spread from an infected person to another person. It often occurs during childhood but may also affect adults.
2. What are the symptoms of mumps?
The following are the common symptoms of mumps: high fever; headache; swelling on the cheeks and below the ears; intense pain and swelling of the parotid glands; muscle pain; tiredness; loss of appetite; and pain while swallowing.
3. Is there a vaccine for mumps?
Vaccination is available for mumps. You may prevent mumps by getting vaccinated. The vaccine is known as MMR (mumps, measles and rubella). It is a safe and effective vaccine that is given as the first dose at 12 to 15 months of the child's age and the second dose at four to six years.
4. Is mumps contagious?
Mumps is a viral infection, very contagious in nature. Contact with saliva or respiratory droplets which come from the nose, mouth and throat can lead to the spreading of this disease. The virus is transmitted through the following ways: coughing, sneezing or talking; sharing water bottles and cups; close contact with infected person; and contact with the surface touched by the infected person.
5. What can be done to treat mumps?
The symptoms of mumps can be treated in the following ways, while the body’s immune system fights the infection: take rest; drink plenty of fluids; take over the counter pain medication; apply a warm or cool compress to the swollen area; and eat food that does not require chewing.