Mumps

  • Viral infection mainly affecting salivary glands
  • Symptoms may include swelling of the salivary gland between the jaw and ears, fever, and ear pain
  • Spread by breathing infected droplets in the air or contact with infected saliva
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild to severe and rarely life threatening
  • Preventable through vaccination

  • Avoid exposing infection to other people by staying home and practicing good hand washing and cleaning habits
  • Avoid sour foods and food that require a lot of chewing

 

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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