Homeopathic Remedies For Mumps

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Mumps is a highly contagious viral disease that causes painful swelling of the parotid glands (the largest of the three major salivary glands, located in the cheeks). The disease usually strikes children and adolescents. It is generally self-limited, which means that the virus usually clears up completely after running its course without long-term complications.

Signs and Symptoms:

The following signs and symptoms often accompany mumps:

  • Swelling of the salivary glands in the face and jaw line
  • Fever, chills, headache, loss of appetite, and a general feeling of discomfort
  • Pain when chewing or swallowing
  • Orchitis, or inflammation of the testicles (occurs in up to 25% of males who get the disease after they reach puberty)

Symptoms usually start 14 – 24 days after infection with the virus.

Treatment Plan

If you have mumps, you should be kept out of school or work for 7 – 10 days after symptoms begin, as you are considered highly contagious during that period. You should eat soft foods, avoid acidic foods and beverages, such as citrus or tomato products, and take pain relievers as needed. A male with swollen testicles should rest in bed until symptoms subside. Pain may be relieved with ice packs, or by supporting the scrotum with cotton or gauze, or an athletic supporter. A health care provider may perform a hearing test on young children who develop mumps, to detect any possible loss of hearing. If the patient develops pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) with nausea and vomiting, the provider may administer IV fluids.

See also: Pancreatitis.

Drug Therapies

No medications other than pain relievers are needed for uncomplicated cases of mumps.

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

The mumps virus normally goes away by itself, and treatment is meant to relieve symptoms. Acupuncture may help clear up mumps faster. Other CAM therapies may also support recovery by reducing symptoms.



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