What is mumps and its treatment?
Because mumps is a virus, it doesn’t respond to antibiotics or other medications. However, you can treat the symptoms to make yourself more comfortable while you’re sick. These include: Rest when you feel weak or tired.
Where does mumps virus come from?
Mumps is caused by a virus that spreads easily from person to person through infected saliva. If you’re not immune, you can contract mumps by breathing in saliva droplets from an infected person who has just sneezed or coughed. You can also contract mumps from sharing utensils or cups with someone who has mumps.
How do doctors test for mumps?
How is mumps diagnosed? The doctor can usually diagnose mumps based on the swollen salivary glands. If the glands are not swollen and the doctor suspects mumps based on other symptoms, he or she will perform a virus culture. A culture is done by swabbing the inside of the cheek or throat.
What can mumps be confused with?
1 person out of 3 infected with mumps does not have symptoms. Mumps can be confused with other respiratory infections, such as the common cold.
How serious is mumps in adults?
Mumps usually passes without causing serious damage to a person’s health. Serious complications are rare. But mumps can lead to viral meningitis if the virus moves into the outer layer of the brain. Other complications include swelling of the testicles or ovaries (if the affected person has gone through puberty).
What are the signs of mumps?
Signs & Symptoms of MumpsFever.Headache.Muscle aches.Tiredness.Loss of appetite.
How contagious is mumps in adults?
If you think you or someone else has mumps, call your doctor for an appointment. And remember, it’s contagious. Avoid close contact with other people until at least 5 days after symptoms appear. But you may be able to spread the virus as much as seven days before and 9 days after your glands first begin to swell.
How do you catch mumps?
Mumps is an airborne virus and can be spread by: an infected person coughing or sneezing and releasing tiny droplets of contaminated saliva, which can then be breathed in by another person.
Who is most susceptible to mumps?
Mumps is mostly a mild childhood disease. It most often affects children between five and nine years old. But the mumps virus can infect adults as well. When it does, complications are more likely to be serious.
What is the mortality rate of mumps?
Reported rates of mumps encephalitis cite 5 cases per 1000 reported mumps cases. Permanent sequelae are rare; however, neurologic damage and death can occur with the average encephalitis case-fatality rate of 1.4%.