Do you suffer from swollen and painful jaw? Do you have swollen cheeks? You might be having mumps! When left untreated mumps can lead to the inflammation of the body parts like brain, pancreas etc. You can treat mumps when you know the symptoms of mumps. What are symptoms? Read on…
Mumps is a contagious viral infection that causes painful swelling of the salivary glands, parotid glands and other epithelial tissues.
In some people, mumps doesn’t cause swelling of glands. They may show symptoms like bad cold or flu.
What are the symptoms of mumps?
The symptoms of mumps are as follows:
- Swollen and painful jaw
- Swollen cheeks
- Sore throat
- Pain while swallowing
- Pain while opening the mouth
- Muscle ache
- Joint ache
- Poor appetite
What causes mumps?
Mumps spreads through mumps virus. When a healthy person breathes saliva droplets that are let out by an infected person through sneeze or cough, the healthy person can get mumps. A healthy person can also get mumps while sharing cups and utensils.
What happens when you ignore mumps?
On the onset of mumps, it takes 10 days to go off. In other cases, mumps can lead to serious diseases.
Mumps can cause inflammation of body parts.
Inflammation of body parts
The body parts that get affected through mumps are as follows:
- Pancreas: Mumps can cause swelling of the pancreas which is called pancreatitis. The symptoms of pancreatitis are nausea, vomiting, upper abdominal pain etc.
- Testicles: Mumps can lead to swelling of the testicles in males who have reached puberty. Swelling of testicles called orchitis is painful. Rarely orchitis can lead to infertility.
- Brain: Mumps can cause swelling of the brain. Swelling of the brain is called encephalitis. Encephalitis can cause neurological problems. It can even lead to death.
- Ovaries and breasts: Mumps leads to inflammation of ovaries and breasts in females who have reached puberty.
- Membranes around the brain and spinal cord: When the mumps virus is left untreated it can spread through the bloodstream. The virus can then infect central nervous system.
Other serious conditions
Mumps can also lead to hearing loss and miscarriage.
- Hearing loss: Rarely, mumps can lead to permanent hearing loss.
- Miscarriage: When a pregnant woman gets infected with mumps, it can lead to miscarriage.
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