Mumps is a viral infection of your salivary glands (parotid glands) located at the base of your ears and side of your cheeks. Mumps is also known as Parotitis. It is a contagious disease, which can spread from one person to the other quickly when they sneeze or cough.  It is preventable by MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) Vaccination.

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Symptoms of Mumps 

You will observe the below symptoms only after 2-3 weeks of exposure.

  • Fever.
  • Puffiness of your cheeks.
  • Pain and tenderness over the salivary glands.
  • Difficulty in chewing and deglutition (swallowing).
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Tiredness.
  • Infection may spread to your brain, testicles in male and ovaries in female.
  • It may also cause permanent deafness.

Management of Mumps

  • Drink pomegranate juice, soup and gruel made up of rice.
  • Take complete bed rest.
  • Avoid going to public places and keep away from other family members to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Keep measuring the body temperature. If it reaches 103 degree F or more, visit your doctor immediately.
  • Prevent dehydration by taking sufficient quantity of fluids.
  • Avoid taking solid foods.
  • Avoid too spicy or sour foods which activates your salivary glands.
  • Avoid curds, refrigerated/ frozen and fermented foods.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Mumps

  • Boil required quantity of water with Shadangadi churna or musta and keep drinking 2-3 sips every hour instead of normal water.
  • Guluchyadi Kashayam, Dashamoola churna and Maha sudarshan churna will help to reduce your fever.
  • To reduce pain and inflammation Triphala guggulu, Amrutadi guggulu and Punarnava guggulu are beneficial.
  • Apply Shothagna lepa to reduce swelling and ease pain.
  • Drink Ginger tea instead of normal coffee/tea. 

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