Mumps is caused by a viral infection, mainly affecting children, and it affects the parotid glands, found at the side of the neck just under the jaw, and just below the ears.
The symptoms for mumps initially are fever, headache, sometimes vomiting, preceding a painful swelling of the gland. It may be one-sided or both. In the adult male it can cause pain in the testicle due to inflammation, taking mild anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce the inflammation and reduce the risk of damage to the testes.
Plenty of fluids and rest can aid recovery. Small risks are the possibility of temporary deafness, and in few cases the illness can lead to viral meningitis. Mumps is preventable by immunization in infancy.
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