Mumps is most recognisable by the painful swellings at the side of the face under the ears (the parotid glands), giving a person with mumps a distinctive "hamster face" appearance.
Other symptoms of mumps include headaches, joint pain & a high temperature, which may develop a few days before the swelling of the parotid glands.
Mumps is spread in the same way as colds & flu – through infected droplets of saliva that can be inhaled or picked up from surfaces & transferred into the mouth or nose.
A person is most contagious a few days before the symptoms develop & for a few days afterwards.
During this time, it's important to prevent the infection spreading to others, if you have mumps, you can help prevent it spreading by:
- regularly washing your hands with soap
- using & disposing of tissues when you sneeze
- avoiding school or work for at least five days after your symptoms first develop
- Drink plenty to water & food that is easy to swallow
- Rest as much as possible
There are some wonderful homeopathic remedies that can help lessen the severity & duration of mumps.
Why not contact me today to see how homeopathy can help?