Mumps

A contagious disease caused by the mumps virus, mostly occurring in childhood, which causes swelling of glands in the face and neck.

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About Mumps

Mumps is best known for the puffy cheeks and swollen jaw that it causes. This is a result of swollen salivary glands.

The most common symptoms include:

Symptoms typically appear 16-18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12-25 days after infection.

Some people who get mumps have very mild or no symptoms, and often they do not know they have the disease.

Most people with mumps recover completely in a few weeks....Read more about Mumps
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Evidence reviews

Acupuncture for mumps in children

We aimed to determine the effectiveness and safety of using acupuncture to treat mumps in children.

Chinese medicinal herbs for mumps

We reviewed the evidence about the effect and safety of Chinese medicinal herbs for mumps.

Using the combined vaccine for protection of children against measles, mumps and rubella

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) are three very dangerous infectious diseases which cause severe morbidity, disability and death in low‐income countries.

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Summaries for consumers

Acupuncture for mumps in children

We aimed to determine the effectiveness and safety of using acupuncture to treat mumps in children.

Chinese medicinal herbs for mumps

We reviewed the evidence about the effect and safety of Chinese medicinal herbs for mumps.

Using the combined vaccine for protection of children against measles, mumps and rubella

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) are three very dangerous infectious diseases which cause severe morbidity, disability and death in low‐income countries.

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Terms to know

Fever
An increase in body temperature above normal (98.6 degrees F), usually caused by disease.
Headache
Head pain or discomfort.
Parotid Glands
The largest of the three pairs of salivary glands. They lie on the sides of the face immediately below and in front of the ear.
Salivary Glands
A gland in the mouth that produces saliva.
Viral Infections
A general term for diseases produced by viruses.

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Fever, Headache, Parotid Glands

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