Mumps is caused by a virus, and we can't cure viral diseases. Fortunately our immune system can deal with mumps, so the treatment for mumps is to wait for it to go away. Eating soft foods and avoiding acidic foods such as orange juice can help cope with the symptoms.
You can fight fever, headache, and muscle pains with acetaminophen* or ibuprofen. Never give acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) to children with a viral infection, as its use in these circumstances is linked to a dangerous condition called Reye's syndrome.
Orchitis (swelling of the testicles) requires bed rest for a day or two. Letting the testicles hang increases swelling, so they should be propped up. A tape bridge between the thighs may help, as may an ice pack wrapped in a towel.
You can easily prevent mumps with the highly safe and effective measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. It is usually given to children after 1 year of age, just when they're starting to lose the natural immunity that is transmitted from their mother prior to birth. Many programs give boosters a few months or years later, usually before a child begins school.
It's recommended that unvaccinated young adults get immunized. Older adults are almost certain to be immune. If you lived as a child with a sibling who had mumps, you can assume you're immune. You can also help prevent mumps by avoiding contact with people who have mumps, washing your hands regularly, and not sharing drinks.
Women who are thinking of getting pregnant and have never had the disease or an MMR shot should be vaccinated before getting pregnant. Talk to a doctor about your options.
*All medications have both common (generic) and brand names. The brand name is what a specific manufacturer calls the product (e.g., Tylenol®). The common name is the medical name for the medication (e.g., acetaminophen). A medication may have many brand names, but only one common name. This article lists medications by their common names. For information on a given medication, check our Drug Information database. For more information on brand names, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
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