Thursday, September 3, 2009

Mumps Symptoms Treatments Causes

What is Mumps? / Mumps Definition:-

Mumps is an acute, contagious, viral illness characterized by painful enlargement of the parotid glands, just below and in front of the ear, and at times, the salivary glands under the jaw and sometimes of the pancreas, ovaries, or testes. Mumps consider as one of the inevitable infectious diseases of childhood. Mumps is characterized by a painful swelling of both cheeks.

The word "mumps" comes from an old English word meaning lumps or bumps in the cheeks.

Mumps Symptoms Signs:-

The first symptoms usually appear 16 to 18 days after exposure. It begins with fever and pain upon opening the mouth.

Others can have swollen glands (swollen cheeks), headache, fever, and earache.

Sore muscles, Loss of appetite, Headache, Earache that is aggravated by chewing

In men and adolescent boys, swelling in one or both testes

Aversion to light, lethargy, and a stiff neck, Upper abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting

Lower abdominal pain in women

Temperature is moderately high, usually lasting for 3-4 days.

Eating or drinking acidic or citric foods causes much discomfort.

Other symptoms may include testicular pain (in males), seizures, stiff neck, and difficulty swallowing, not feeling well, the mouth may feel dry, feel tired and off your food for a few days.

Mumps Causes Risk Factors:-

Mumps is caused by a mumps virus, an RNA virus of the paramyxovirus family of viruses. It spreads from person to person as well as through contact with contaminated items and surfaces.

Once the mumps virus enters the body, it passes into the bloodstream and can spread to many different glands and to the brain.

Mumps occurs most often in children ages two through twelve, although unvaccinated adults are also susceptible. People with mumps are contagious for about a week before and two weeks after the onset of symptoms, which occurs about two to three weeks after exposure to the mumps virus.

Mumps is mainly caused by a virus. The incubation period is from 16-18 days, ranging from 12-25 days after exposure. The period when someone is most infectious to others is from 1-2 days before and 5 days after the onset of swelling in the glands.

The chances of getting the disease are greater if you have never received the mumps vaccine. Once you have had mumps you will develop an immunity to it and will not get it again.

Mumps is spread through direct contact with saliva, e.g. kissing or sharing objects contaminated with infected saliva (e.g. cups, cutlery). The mumps virus is also present in nasal and throat discharge.

Mumps Treatment Home Natural Remedies:-

The seeds of asparagus are valuable in mumps.

The use of the herb Indian aloe is a well-known remedy in the indigenous system of medicine for any inflamed and painful part of the body.

Dry ginger powder and water is applied on the visibly swollen parts.

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