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Remedies for mumps

April 9th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Remedies for mumps)

Mumps is a disease of the salivary glands that is very contagious caused by paramyxovirus. Infections are caused by direct contact with nasal discharge through sneezing or coughing and saliva from an infected person. The virus can be spread on surfaces usually touched such as handles of doors, cutlery, bowls or plates. The condition causes swelling salivary glands or parotid gland found in the neck.

Mump not properly treated can cause complications such as orchitis which is inflammation of the testicles and cause sterility and other parts of the body which includes the reproductive organs and the brain. Women infected with mumps during pregnancy have a high risk of miscarriage. It can also cause meningitis which is swelling of the membranes of the brain and spinal cord and encephalitis is the inflammation of the brain which is a very dangerous condition if left untreated.

Symptoms of mumps

  • Body aches
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    Take plenty of rest when feeling tired or weak for fast healing of the condition.

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • General malaise
  • Headache
  • Low-grade fever
  • Incubation period of mumps is 7-18 days but usually only 10 days after exposure
  • Swollen neck
  • Pain in the ear especially when chewing.
  • Sour taste in the mouth
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Problems with hearing

Treatment

  • Take plenty of rest when feeling tired or weak for fast healing of the condition.
  • Take the prescribed pain medications to lessen the fever and the pain.
  • Apply warm or cold compress to the swelling glands. Wrap ice pack in a towel and place to the area to lessen the pain and the swelling. Apply heat using a heat pack. Place a wet damp cloth between the skin and the heat pack to prevent burns and delays the healing. Another alternative is soaking a clean wash cloth in warm water, wring out excess water and then place the cloth on the affected area is also good for the condition.
  • Wear the prescribed athletic supporter to lessen the pain in the groin. Apply ice packs wrapped in a towel in the groin to relieve of the swelling and the pain. Bag of frozen vegetables can also be used in the area.
  • Apply cold compress on swelling breast or abdominal pain to lessen the pain and the inflammation.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration caused by fever. Water is best fluid to relieve of the mumps and for fast healing of the condition.

Tips

  • Vaccination against mumps is required for unvaccinated people especially travelling to other parts of the world where the condition is common.
  • Infants and children should be vaccinated against mumps between the ages 12-15 months and second vaccination between 4-6 years old.

How to treat mumps

August 5th, 2016 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on How to treat mumps)
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Mumps is a highly infectious disease that is spread by paramyxovirus. The virus can spread to the air through coughing and sneezing or on surfaces that people touch such as handles of doors, utensils, cutlery, plates and bowls.

A common symptom of mumps is a swollen salivary gland or parotid glands found in the neck and sometimes. The swelling can affect one or both sides of the neck.

Symptom of mumps

  • Mumps are most contagious before the symptoms can be noticed.
  • The incubation period of mumps is usually from 7-18 days but an average is about 10 days after exposure.
  • The neck is swollen and sore
  • Headache and fever
  • Feeling sick
  • Aches in the joints
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    Pain in the ear can be experienced especially when chewing.

  • Dry mouth
  • General malaise
  • Pain in the ear can be experienced especially when chewing.
  • Sour taste in the mouth and difficulty swallowing

Treatment

  • Isolate the affected person to prevent transferring the disease to other people.
  • Take the prescribed over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen to lessen the discomfort and pain felt on the ear, face or jaw.
  • Apply a warm or cold compress on the affected area to lessen the swelling and pain. A moist flannel can be used to relieve the pain caused by swelling glands.
  • Wear an athlettic support if there is any pain in the groin. Ice packs or bags of frozen vegetables such as peas can be placed on the affected area to lessen the pain and swelling.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and encourage the individual to sip on some soups. Drinking plenty of water can keep the body well-hydrated.
  • Eat foods that do need a lot of chewing such as oatmeal, mashed potatoes and scrambled eggs.
  • Avoid acidic beverages such as fruit juices to prevent further irritation of the already swollen glands.
  • Peel one side of a fresh aloe vera leaf and spread some turmeric powder over it and apply on the swollen area similar to a bandage. Remove the coating after 20 minutes. Aloe vera works by reducing the swelling of the affected area.

Tips

  • One way to prevent the spread of the virus is to keep the affected person isolated by staying away from school or work for at least 5 days after the symptoms shows up.
  • Maintain proper hygiene by proper washing of hands and using a tissue to cover the mouth when sneezing.
  • If a person has already acquired mumps as a child, it provides lifelong immunity to the disease.