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What A The Mumps?
Mumps is a disease caused by a
virus that usually spreads through saliva and can infect many parts of the
body, especially the parotid salivary glands. The parotid salivary glands,
which produce saliva for the mouth, are found toward the back of each cheek,
in the area between the ear and jaw. In cases of mumps, these glands
typically swell and become painful.
The glands usually become
increasingly swollen and painful over a period of 1 to 3 days. The pain gets
worse when the child swallows, talks, chews, or drinks acidic juices (like
orange juice). In rare cases, mumps will attack other groups of salivary
glands instead of the parotids. If this happens, swelling may be noticed
under the tongue, under the jaw, or all the way down to the front of the
Mumps can lead to inflammation
and swelling of the brain and other organs, although this is not common.
Encephalitis (inflammation of
the brain) and meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and
spinal cord) are both rare complications of mumps.
Symptoms appear in the first
week after the parotid glands begin to swell and may include: high fever,
stiff neck, headache, nausea and vomiting, drowsiness, convulsions, and
other signs of brain involvement.
- Mumps is
an extremely contagious viral infection that usually
condition has a number of symptoms, the most common one being
swelling of one or both of the salivary glands on the sides of the
face. These glands are called the
parotid glands and when they swell the person develops a “hamster
- Once someone has had mumps,
they usually become immune to future infections.
Signs and Symptoms of Mumps
- Cases of mumps may start
with a fever of up to 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius), as well
as a The symptoms of mumps normally appear 2-3 weeks after the
person has been infected, however almost 20% of people with the
virus do not suffer any signs or symptoms at all.
- The main symptom of mumps is
painful and swollen parotid (salivary) glands, which cause
the person’s cheeks to puff out.
Other Symptoms Can Include:
- Dryness in mouth
- Feeling tired and weak
- Fever/high temperature
- Pain in joints
- Pain in the sides of the face where it is swollen
- Pain experienced when swallowing
- Reduced appetite
- Trouble swallowing
Useful at the beginning stages of mumps, these children have a sudden
onset of fever, restlessness, anxiety, and great thirst.
This is for flushed face and
throbbing headache. The glands are swollen, hot and sensitive to
pressure, worse on the right side. The child is drowsy but may have
difficulty sleeping. The pains are flying and lancinating and
extend to the ear. It is useful when the swelling suddenly subsides and
is followed by throbbing headache and delirium.
this indicated by
excessive hardness of the swelling.
This corresponds to left-sided mumps, with purplish swellings and
aggravation after sleep.
swelling of throat glands; profuse and offensive salivation
stony hard throat glands, especially on the
right side. The throat pains may extend to the ear, and they may have
an irresistible desire to bite their teeth together. One of their
characteristic symptoms is pain from sticking out their tongue. They
tend to be worse in cold or wet weather.
- Pilocarpinum or
Some homeopaths believe this medicine
is the best remedy for the mumps. The main symptoms are excessive
salivation and perspiration. Dry mouth, red face. This is also a good
remedy for complications that some children get from the mumps.
(Note: Pilocarpine muriate is what famous homeopath Dr. Burnett termed his
"big shot in mumps." It seems to affect especially the parotid gland.)
This medicine is helpful in children approaching puberty who get the
mumps and experience swollen breasts or testicles. They are
thirstless, despite having a fever, and they are sensitive to warm
The tongue is thickly coated, the mouth is dry and the pain
is worse evenings and after lying down.
These children have
swollen glands which are worse on the left side. Their symptoms
are aggravated by cold, and they may have cold sores on their
lips. There is much
aching in the limbs, the person is restless and the symptoms are
worse at night. It is our best remedy in secondary parotitis. The left
side is more apt to be affected.