Causes For Mumps
Like measles, mumps is caused by a paramyxovirus which is easily spread from person to person through saliva droplets. These droplets can be breathed in after an infected individual sneezes coughs, yawns or the saliva can be transferred to objects such as eating utensils or cups.
Because mumps is as contagious as the flu, it is important to stay in bed and avoid contact with others to prevent the spreading of the disease. People with mumps are usually most contagious from 2 days before symptoms begin until 6 days after they end.
Because mumps is caused by a virus, it cannot be treated with antibiotics, and so the best treatment is a combination of bed rest, symptom relief and naturally boosting the immune system as it is this that will eventually fight off the virus. Parents should monitor their child’s fever and watch out for any complications that may develop.
Your doctor may recommend some over-the-counter medications to help relieve symptoms such as high fever or sore throat, however it is always advisable to research all side-effects and precautions of any synthetic medications as many come with side-effects. Aspirin in particular should not be given to children during a viral infection as complications such as Reye Syndrome have been documented.
Natural Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies related to Mumps
Mumps is one of those illnesses you have to let run its course. Eventually your immune system System” will nurse your body back to health. While there is little your doctor can do to help, there are natural ways to boost the immune system thus encouraging faster recovery and fewer complications.
Herbal and homeopathic remedies have long been known for their immune boosting qualities and herbal ingredients such as Echinacea purpurea, Astragalus membranaceous, Inula helenium and Withania somnifera, can naturally support the body’s own defense mechanisms.
These herbs are thus commonly used to strengthen and assist the immune system to promote faster recovery and are well known for their antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, making Mother Nature the best nurturing force to restore the body’s natural balance and health.