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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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    Suggest treatment for mumps

I am 18 years old and I was recently I have mumps. Last Wednesday I felt a tiny bit of swelling (then thought a pulled muscle) behind my right jaw. The next day I woke up and my face had clearly swollen. I booked an appointment at my University health centre where a nurse saw me, said it is very likely that I have mumps and that I need to wait 5 days from the swelling before I can leave my university dorm as I am infectious. 5 days later, after 4 days of intense pain on my face and jaw, not being able to chew anything and having no energy, I was feeling better and went out yesterday into the world.

Today is 7 days since the original swelling began, I wake up and have the same feeling I did when the right side began to swell on the left side of my jaw. It's only swollen a little but it hurts when I chew more so than the right side and is painful like the right side was.

Does this mean I still have mumps and have to stay in isolation for another 5 days? Will the left side get just as swollen as the right side did because I don't think I can bare the pain.

Thank you
Mon, 29 Jun 2015
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Dentist 's  Response
Can understand your concern..

As per your complain Mumps also known as "Epidemic Parotitis" is a VIRAL infection and it can affect either one side or both sides Parotid glands which are major salivary glands leading to the above explained symptoms..

It is very much clear from your explanation that you have mumps..
The symptoms subside within 7 to 10 days after the symptoms appear..

There is no exact treatment for mumps and only symptomatic relief can be provided..
For pain you can take Acetaminophen or tylenol for relief..
Doing cold compresses can be relieving..
Take plenty of fluids which can include water,fruit juices,soups etc..
Take a soft and nutritious diet..
Take sufficient rest..

In case if the symptoms persist for more than 10 days without any relief you should consult a physician..

Although after occurrence of mumps once the person becomes immune for lifetime and and relapse can be with very mild symptoms..

Hope this information helps..

Thanks and regards..
Dr.Honey Nandwani Arora.
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