Mumps is a contagious disease caused by the mumps virus that causes fever, tiredness, headaches and the swelling of various parts of the body. All questions concerning symptoms, causes, transmission, diagnosis, treatments and prevention can be found here.

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Is the mumps virus aerobic?

Bacteria are classified as aerobic (needing oxygen) and anaerobic (able to grow in oxygen poor environments). Viruses are neither.


What is pathogen for mumps disease?

Rubulavirus in the family Paramyxoviridae


What should you eat if you have the mumps?

§ A diet for mumps should ideally include plenty of water, fruit juices, soups and broths. However, citrus fruits tend to aggravate symptoms of mumps. It is thus best to avoid citrus fruits if you are suffering from mumps.

§ Moreover, citrus fruits contribute to the production of acidity and should thus be excluded from a mumps healing diet. However, vitamin C is a necessary component for a mumps diet and citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C. You should therefore include foods like cantaloupes and mangoes to compensate for vitamin C in a mumps healing diet. The fluid diet should be followed with a soft diet that is easy to chew and swallow.

Swelling and throat irritation are mumps symptoms that take some time to recede. Thus, a soft diet should be maintained for a few days after a fluid diet. A soft diet includes foods like rice porridge and runny oatmeal. Such foods are easy to swallow and easy to digest. Avoid meat in a mumps healing diet as this is very difficult to digest and swallow. You should also avoid processed foods in a diet for treating mumps as such foods are not only difficult to digest, but are filled with additives that may be potentially harmful at time when your immunity is compromised.

In addition, oily and fatty foods tend to aggravate mumps symptoms. Avoid all oily foods while caring for mumps symptoms. Certain spices are very beneficial in a mumps treatment diet. Spices like black pepper help alleviate symptoms of mumps. Ginger and garlic are also very effective in the treatment of mumps. Include generous quantities of garlic and ginger in a mumps healing diet.


Can mumps effect animals?



Is mumps hereditary?

No. It is a viral infection.


Can you get mumps if you had the vaccine?

Yes, no vaccine is 100% effective. You may have already been infected by the mumps virus and the vaccine will not have time to work.


How is mumps transmitted?

Mumpsis transmitted by saliva produced in the mouth and leaks from the nose and throat of infected individuals and enters the body through the airways.
mumps is a viral infection caused by paramyxoviridae family .

it spreads from person to person via respiratory secretion and droplets such as saliva or when person sneeze.


Is there a blood Test for mumps?

I assume that if someone around you has mumps, you should be able to get an appointment to check your blood to see if you have caught the mumps. The reason for that is because everyones body reacts different and scientists need blood to determine weather the body will reject or take the vaccine. I hope I gave you an idea of the most possible answer.


Does the occipital gland swell with mumps?

I believe so, ive currently got Mumps and the glands below my ears are swollen badly, making me have three chins which I don't like at all, Im kind of worried about the swelling staying as I have had it for awhile now


When can you go back to work after the first sign of mumps?

You should speak with your safety person at work, to find out the specific policy for your company.

I worked in healthcare (not direct patient contact though) and when I got the mumps (last year) my safety person said 7-10 days, but I went back to work after 3 days. They needed me and since I didn't have direct patient contact, it was okay.


What is mumps?

Mumps or epidemic parotitis is a viral disease of humans. It can be transmitted via respiratory route (respiratory droplets as coughing or sneezing). It was a common childhood disease worldwide before the mumps vaccine, and it is still a significant threat to health in the third world.

Painful swelling of the salivary glands (classically the parotid gland) and fever is the most typical presentation. Painful testicular swelling and rash may also occur. While symptoms are generally not severe in children, the symptoms in teenagers and adults can be more severe and complications such as infertility or subfertility are relatively common, although still rare in absolute terms. The disease is generally self-limited, running its course before waning, with no specific treatment apart from controlling the symptoms with painkillers.

The mumps are caused by a paramyxovirus, and are spread from person to person by saliva droplets or direct contact with articles that have been contaminated with infected saliva. The parotid glands (the salivary glands between the ear and the jaw) are usually involved. Unvaccinated children between the ages of 2 and 12 are most commonly infected, but the infection can occur in other age groups. Orchitis (swelling of the testes) occurs in 10-20% of infected males, but sterility only rarely ensues; a viral meningitis occurs in about 5% of those infected. In older people, the central nervous system, the pancreas, the prostate, the breasts, and other organs may be involved.

The incubation period is usually 18 to 21 days, but may range from as few as 12 to as many as 35 days. Mumps is generally a mild illness in children in developed countries. After adolescence, mumps tends to affect the ovary, causing oophoritis, and the testes, causing orchitis. The mature testis is particularly susceptible to damage from mumps which can lead to infertility. Adults infected with mumps are more likely to develop severe symptoms and complications.

The more common symptoms of mumps are:

  • Swelling of the parotid gland (or parotitis) in more than 90% of patients on one side (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral), and pain behind the lower jaw when chewing.
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Orchitis, referring to painful inflammation of the testicle. Males past puberty who develop mumps have a 30 percent risk of this.

Other symptoms of mumps can include, sore face and/or ears and occasionally in more serious cases, loss of voice.

Back Neck and Spine

What does it mean of you have a small lump on your neck?

Discovering a small lump on your neck is a signal that is time to see your general practitioner or dermatologist. Some lumps can be from the lymph nodes, some are from skin infections and some are some other problem. Only a physician can determine what the lump is about. Don't fret about it until you get in to see the dermatologist or GP. I found some lumps on myself and it turned out they were only little fatty lumps so don't panic.


How do mumps affect the body?

Mumps is a disease caused by a virus that usually spreads through saliva and can infect many parts of the body, especially the parotid salivary glands. These glands, which produce saliva for the mouth, are found toward the back of each cheek, in the area between the ear and jaw. In cases of mumps, these glands typically swell and become painful.

The disease has been recognized for several centuries, and medical historians argue over whether the name "mumps" comes from an old word for "lump" or an old word for "mumble."

Mumps was common until the mumps vaccine was licensed in 1967. Before the vaccine, more than 200,000 cases occurred each year in the United States. Since then the number of cases has dropped to fewer than 1,000 a year, and epidemics have become fairly rare. As in the pre-vaccine era, most cases of mumps are still in kids ages 5 to 14, but the proportion of young adults who become infected has been rising slowly over the last two decades. Mumps infections are uncommon in kids younger than 1 year old.

After a case of mumps it is very unusual to have a second bout because one attack of mumps almost always gives lifelong protection against another. However, other infections can also cause swelling in the salivary glands, which might lead a parent to mistakenly think a child has had mumps more than once


Is it possible to get mumps if already vaccinated with MMR?



How many people get infected with mumps each year?

about 1.6 million


Organism responsible for mumps?

A virus known as a Paramyxovirus. It is transmitted mainly by infected saliva.


What type of pathogen causes chickenpox measles and mumps?

The smallest pathogen that causes infection such as chicken pox, measles and mumps is called a virus.


Are mumps lethal?

The mumps vaccine was introduced in 1967 and since, the mortality rate has been drastically reduced. Between 1980 and 1999, an average of one death per year has occurred due to mumps. Most deaths occur in persons older than 19 years. In short, mumps CAN be lethal, but it is a very rare occurrence.


Are mumps curable?

Yes, they are curable.


Is mumps is infectious or noninfectious?

Mumps is an infectious disease.


What shape is the mumps virus?

my sister had the mumps and it was seemingly very painful, is it the symptoms you are after ? , cause all that really happened was pounding headches , sore throats, swelling cheeks, cramp and stuff like that , toothache also takes part in this ! , hope this helped ! , lol xx


Can mumps virus lead to chickenpox?

No, it can not. They are separate viruses and cause separate diseases.


Can you get mumps twice?

yes but there is a very small chance you will get it twice. mostly you will gain a life long immunity to the mumps

Dengue Fever

What do tawa-tawa plants contain that can cure dengue fever?

tawa-tawa does not fight dengue virus. instead, it only promotes the development of blood platelets and softens the effect of the dengue virus.

tawa-tawa has natural enzymes within that stabilize the membranes of the blood vessels, preventing internal bleeding.


There is a study that it increases platelet count in mouse/rat....

There is no human study that it increases also in human...

There is no study to back up the claim that "tawa-tawa has natural enzymes within that stabilize the membranes of the blood vessels, preventing internal bleeding."

You must remember that in dengue there is normal platelet count, what is abnormal is the function.... also the permeability of the capillary blood vessels...... causing bleeding.....

There is no study how long when you start drinking "tawa-tawa" to how high the platelets will rise... If ever it would work....

You are better off with platelet transfusion....

Do not start unproven or even dangerous so called treatment... better not delay to consult your doctor.... a few hours delay could be fatal.....


What medicine can cure the mumps?

kids can take a vaccine, there is no specific treatment. Symptoms may be revealed by ice or heat to the affected neck/testicular and Tylenol of pain relief. Warm salt water gargles, soft foods, and extra fluids may also relieve symptoms.


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