Mumps – Symptoms, causes, treatment, consequences and some home remedies
Mumps which is also known as epidemic parotitis a contagious disease caused by a virus that passes from one person to another through saliva, nasal secretions or even cough and sneeze. It is mainly caused in children.
Symptoms of mumps:
- swelling of throat
- Swelling of neck, and cheeks,
- Loss of appetite,
- Painful swallowing,
- Body aches
- head ache
- Low-grade fever
They swell and pain may increase periodically.
Around 20 percent of people with the mumps virus show no symptoms
Causes of mumps:
Mumps is due an infection of mumps virus. virus that passes from one person to another through saliva. And the virus travels from the respiratory tract to the salivary glands and reproduces, causing the glands to swell.
The possible ways that how mumps can be spread :
- Using the same cutlery and plates as an infected person
- Sharing food and drink from infected person
Complications with mumps:
Complications with mumps are very rare but if may
- Mumps mostly affects the parotid glands. It can also cause inflammation in other areas of the body, including the brain and reproductive organs.
- Females infected with mumps may experience swelling of the ovaries.
- Mens infected with mumps may have Orchitis which is an inflammation of the testicles that may be due to mumps.
- Mumps may lead to meningitis or encephalitis, two potentially fatal conditions if left untreated.
Test and Diagnosis of mumps:
- When infected with mumps, a person’s tonsils can get pushed to the side
- Based on the body temperature
- Blood test, urine test and saliva test also include in diagnosis of mumps.
- CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) test – this is usually only in severe cases
Treatment for mumps:
There is no antiviral treatment for mumps; only the symptoms can be medicated. you can treat the symptoms to make yourself more comfortable.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, to bring down your fever.
- Soothe swollen glands by applying ice packs.
- Eat a soft diet of soup, yogurt, and other foods that aren’t hard to chew
- Getting sufficient rest and sleep.
- Gargling warm salt water.
Some home remedies for mumps.:
- Aleo vera gel: It helps in reducing the pain and swelling.
Take a Aloe vera leaf and peel of the skin and also throne and extract the gel . Apply the gel on the infected area to get relief from pain and swelling.
- Baking Soda: They are rich in alkaline properties helps in restricting the development of mumps
Take 3 teaspoons of baking soda and mix it with water to form a paste. Apply it on the cheeks and leave it for 2 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.
In the following video you can see about Mumps and MMR Vaccine (The mumps vaccine is the best method for preventing mumps; it can come on its own or as part of the MMR vaccine. The MMR vaccine also defends the body from rubella and measles.)