Treating mumps

Treatment for mumps is focused on relieving symptoms until your bodys immune system fights off the infection. There are currently no medications to treat the mumps virus.

The infection usually passes withina week or two.

In the meantime, the measures below may help.

  • get plenty of bed rest until your symptoms have passed
  • take over-the-counter painkillers , such as Painkillers, ibuprofen or paracetamol , to relieve any pain (childrenaged 16 or under should not be given aspirin)
  • drink plenty of fluids , but avoid acidic drinks such as fruit juice as these can irritate your parotid glands; water is usually the best fluid to drink
  • apply a warm or cool compress to your swollen glandsto help reduceany pain
  • eat foods that don't require a lot of chewing , such as soup, mashed potatoes and scrambled eggs

If your symptoms dont improve after seven days, orsuddenly worsen,contact your GP for advice.

Preventing the spread of infection

If you or your child has mumps, its important to prevent the infection spreading, particularlyto younger people born between 1980and 1990 (these people are unlikely to have immunity from a previous infection, and are also unlikely to have been vaccinated).

The best way to do this is to:

  • stay away from school, college or work until five days afteryou first developed symptoms
  • wash your hands regularly, using soap and water
  • always use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze, and throw the tissue in a bin immediately afterwards
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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 29 Nov 2016