Mumps is a viral infection of the parotid glands. These glands are on the side of the face near the ear. Because of the mumps vaccine, this illness is not as common as it once was.
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Mumps is caused by a virus. It is spread through contact with an infected person's saliva.
Factors that may raise your chance of mumps are:
Not all people with mumps have symptoms. When they do occur, they often happen 2 to 3 weeks after exposure.
Mumps may cause:
You will be asked about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
Your blood may be tested.
There is no treatment for mumps. Viruses can’t be treated with antibiotics.
Mumps will last about 10 to 12 days. Comfort measures may help:
Note: Aspirin can cause health problems in some children with certain infections. It is best not to give aspirin or aspirin products to children with infections.
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Last reviewed May 2018 by James Cornell, MD Last Updated: 7/18/18