What are the symptoms of mumps

Mumps are a viral disease that occurs at all ages, and although vaccinated, it also affects children and young adults. The disease is usually transmitted by sneezing, coughing, unwashed hands of the infected person. There are symptoms of mumps that you can recognize

Although mumps can affect all ages, they are best known as droplet-borne infections, with the first symptoms appearing only two weeks after the person has been exposed to the virus. They are considered to be a highly contagious disease, where the infection, except through drops, occurs through direct contact with the infected person.

After the infection, the person is contagious all the time, and the symptoms only occur between 14 and 16 days. In children, the infection goes well without major symptoms, and the first symptoms in young children are colds, so it's hard to really recognize that it is mumps.

When it comes to mumps in an adult, then there are much bigger complications such as brain inflammation, pancreatic inflammation, testicular inflammation, which can lead to male infertility.

The most recognizable symptom of mumps is the swelling and pain of the paunchy glands, which are responsible for the secretion of the image, located below and in front of the ears, and the pain sometimes spreads all the way down below the jaw. Usually one gland swells first and then another.

Babies experience fever and swallowing problems because the glands are swollen. The child may further weaken as his appetite is reduced. If you suspect your child is infected with mumps, contact your doctor immediately.

If it is a milder form, it can also lead to the spread of a viral disease and it is for this reason that it is advised to call the phone before going to the full waiting room to prevent other children from becoming infected. Usually mumps last 10 to 15 days.

Symptoms are not the ability to move your neck, impaired activity and this is a sign that you go to the doctor as soon as possible. If your baby's fever develops, febrile seizures, difficulty breathing, or if the baby's skin turns blue immediately call an ambulance.

Mites cannot be cured because they are a viral disease, but analgesics can help ease the pain. Do not forget to give your child as much liquid, water or tea as possible.

Author: M.S., Photo: Goodluz / Shutterstock

Mumps - Akron Children's Hospital video (October 2020)