Mumps is a contagious viral infection that used to be common in children.
It’s most recognizable by the painful swellings located at the side of the face under the ears (the parotid glands), giving a person with mumps a distinctive “hamster face” appearance.
If you suspect that you or your child has mumps, you should see a licensed health practitioner straight away. While the infection is not usually serious, mumps share symptoms with more serious types of infection, such as glandular fever and tonsillitis so it is best to have it is best to visit your doctor so that they can confirm or rule out mumps.
Mumps is spread in the same way as colds and flu: inside infected droplets of saliva that can be inhaled or picked up from surfaces and passed into the mouth or nose.
A person is most contagious one to two days before the onset of symptoms, and for five days afterwards.
During this time, it is important to try to prevent spreading the infection to others; particularly teenagers and young adults.
Once you have been infected by mumps, you normally develop a life-long immunity to further infection.
Historically children have been vaccinated with the combined MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) injection but there has been much controversy over its health risks and side-effects – particularly with its links to autism.
The suggestion that there is a link between MMR and autism has been one of the biggest health controversies of recent years. Dr. Andrew Wakefield was the lead author of the controversial study, which suggested there may be a link between MMR and autism and bowel disease. In the early 1990s, he was working as a senior lecturer at the Royal Free Medical School in north London. He had published a number of studies which he suggested showed a link between measles and Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease.By the mid-1990s, Dr. Wakefield had started to consider whether there was a link between the three-in-one MMR vaccine and autism and bowel disease. His study focused on tests carried out on 12 children who had been referred to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead for gastrointestinal problems. At the same time, Dr. Wakefield was paid to carry out another study to find out if parents who claim their children were damaged by the MMR vaccine had a case. Some children were involved in both studies. He was to advise parents against having their children vaccinated with the 3 in 1 shot.His comments and the subsequent media furore led to a sharp drop in the number of children vaccinated against these diseases.In 2001, Dr. Wakefield resigned from his £50,000 a year NHS post, after 14 years in the job.
Speaking at the time, he said: “I have been asked to go because my research results are unpopular.” Dr. Wakefield has since worked for the International Child Development Resource Center. The center, based in Florida, is associated with the Good News Doctor Foundation, a Christian ministry. He has also continued to see patients at the Thoughtful House, a center for autistic children in Texas, where he is currently the executive director.
Dr. Wakefield remains adamant that the scientific results of his 1998 study are still valid.
In a statement, he said: “The clinical and pathological findings in these children stand as reported.” He also welcomed the decision by the General Medical Council to examine how he carried out his research.
The symptoms of mumps usually develop 14 to 25 days after a person is infected with the mumps virus (the incubation period). The average incubation period is around 17 days.
Swelling of the parotid glands is the most common symptom of mumps. The parotid glands are a pair of glands responsible for producing saliva. They are located on either side of your face, just below your ears.
Both glands are usually affected by the swelling, although only one gland can be affected. The swelling can cause pain, tenderness and difficulty with swallowing.
Other symptoms of the mumps include:
- joint pain
- feeling sick
- dry mouth
- mild abdominal pain
- feeling tired
- loss of appetite
- a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F), or above
If you suspect that you or your child has mumps, it’s important to call your doctor.
It’s also important to let your GP know in advance if you are coming to the surgery so they can take any necessary precautions to avoid the spread of infection.
Complications of mumps
Pain and swelling of the testicles (orchitis), affects one in five of all males who get mumps after puberty.
In affected boys and men, the swelling of their testicles normally begins four to eight days after the swelling of the parotid gland. Occasionally, swelling can occur up to six weeks after the swelling of the glands.
The swelling is usually very sudden and affects only one testicle. The testicle may also feel warm and tender.
Applying cold compresses to your testicles, and wearing supportive athletic underwear, may also reduce any pain.
Just under half of all males who get mumps-related orchitis will notice some shrinkage of their testicles and an estimated 1 in 10 men will experience a drop in their sperm count (the amount of healthy sperm that their body can produce). However, this is rarely large enough to cause infertility.
This can occur if the mumps virus spreads into the outer protective layer of the brain which is known as the meninges. It occurs in 1 in 7 cases of mumps.
Unlike bacterial meningitis, which is regarded as a potentially life-threatening medical emergency, viral meningitis causes much milder, flu-like symptoms, and the risk of serious complications are low.
Sensitivity to light and vomiting are common symptom of viral meningitis. The symptoms of viral meningitis usually pass within 14 days.
Swelling of the ovaries:
One in 20 females who gets mumps after puberty will experience swelling of the ovaries (Oophoritis), which can cause symptoms of:
- lower abdominal pain
- high temperature
- being sick
The symptoms of oophoritis usually pass once the body has fought off the underlying mumps infection.
One in 20 cases of mumps leads to pancreatitis. The most common symptom is the sudden pain in the centre of your upper abdomen. Other symptoms of acute pancreatitis can include:
- feeling sick
- being sick
- loss of appetite
- high temperature
- tenderness of the abdomen
- less commonly, yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes (jaundice)
Although the pancreatitis associated with mumps is usually mild, you may be admitted to hospital so that your body functions can be supported until your pancreas recovers.
Rare complications of mumps
Rare but potentially serious complications of mumps include an infection of the brain itself, which is known as encephalitis. This is thought to occur in around 1 in 1,000 cases and requires admission to an intensive care unit.
Another rare complication of mumps is permanent hearing loss, which occurs in around 1 in 20,000 cases.
Mumps is caused by the mumps virus, which belongs to a family of viruses known as paramyxoviruses. Paramyxoviruses are a common source of infection, particularly in children. When you get mumps, the virus moves from your respiratory tract (your nose, mouth and throat) into your parotid glands, where it begins to reproduce. This causes inflammation and swelling of the glands.
The virus can also enter your cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which is the fluid that surrounds and protects your brain and spine. Once the virus has entered the CSF, it can spread to other parts of your body, such as your brain, pancreas, testicles (in boys and men) and ovaries (in girls and women).
How mumps is spread
Mumps is an airborne virus and can be spread by:
- an infected person coughing or sneezing and releasing tiny droplets of contaminated saliva, which can then be breathed in by another person
- an infected person touching their nose or mouth, then transferring the virus onto an object, such as a door handle, or work surface; if someone else then touches the object shortly afterwards, they can transfer the virus into their respiratory tract
- sharing utensils, such as cups, cutlery or plates with an infected person
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurized and homogenized dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications, but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
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As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
In Ayurveda this is known as Pashana gardabha. Initially the patient may feel swelling in the parotid glad which is near the ear. After two/three days the patient may start feeling feverish and pain in the inflamed region, accompanied by a sore throat and shivering. A recommended ayurvedic treatment uses Daru Haridra, the herb of choice. It is mixed with honey and ghee, slightly warmed and then applied over the affected parts, preferably at bed time. Naradiya Lakshmivilasa is another medicine which is normally prescribed by ayurvedic doctors. This can be given to the patient in tablet form at a dose of two tablets three times a day mixed with honey.
Suggested Diet: During this time patient might not feel hungry and a liquid diet may be preferred. It is important to avoid all kinds of fried and sour food and all types of fast foods should be avoided too. Garlic, ginger, black pepper, long pepper are also helpful.
Ayurveda recommends the patient should not be exposed to cold wind – a woollen scarf around the neck is suggested during the course of treatment.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
The TCM principal is to eliminate toxic heat and as a result, the herbal formula Fu Fang Qing Dai Wan as well as Indigo Combo Pills is recommended. Other herbal formulas include Chai Hu Ge Gen Tang and Pu Ji Xiao Du Yin. A thin paste of Qing Dai Powder, mixed with vinegar and water can be applied to the local area.
Acupunture is also recommended and the points to be used are hand Shaoyang, foot Yangming, SJ 17, ST 6, SJ 5, LI 4 – Heat- Du 14, LI 11, Lu 11, LI 1)
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source. And when treating childrenwith essential oils, extra care should be taken.
The following formula may be used for swollen tonsils, mumps and other lymphatic swelling in the neck area:
2 cups warm water
8 drops lavender essential oil
Mix the water with the essential oil. While the water is still warm, soak a soft cloth, preferably flannel, in the water and wring it out. Wrap the cloth around the neck. Cover with a towel to hold in the heat. Remove before it gets cold. Repeat as many times as you wish.
European children were once given “dilly pillows” filled with aromatic herbs such as lavender and dill to send them off to dreamland. The scent was also considered a digestive. Add chamomile and thyme to prevent nightmares.
1 cup total:
Fold a 5″ x10″ piece of cloth in half and sew up the edges, leaving just enough room to stuff the herbs inside. Combine the herbs in equal parts to make 1 cup. Stuff the herbs into the material, then finish sewing it up. Place beside or under the child’s regular pillow.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Carbo veg. Good for swelling of the parotid and other salivary glands and when the face has a puffed up appearance. Physical symptoms can include the presence of shooting pains in the ears or a rattle like cough.
Mercurius – Also good for swelling and when there are stinging pains in the affected area. The person is also often affected by the presence of a pussy discharge in the swollen area of the face as well as producing a lot of saliva and the lips are dry. The child may also be affected by strep throat. There is also inflammation in the testes of young boys affected by the condition.
Phytolacca – Good for general aching in the jaw area and when the tongue becomes coated and the throat is sore. Also good for apathy.
Pulsatilla – Good for when the right side of the body is more affected than the left or when there is thick, green, nasal discharge as well as fever and chills.
Rhus tox. – Can ease the pain of swallowing or a sticking sensation in the throat and neck, and when the left hand side of the body is affected more than the right. Also good if there is blood in the saliva and when the tongue has a white coating.
Ginger: This is an herb that offers a great deal of healing power. With the mumps virus, you can expect the most help by turning ginger into a paste that can be rubbed on the source of the swelling itself. Not only can this help to reduce the swelling overall, but can be tremendously helpful in getting rid of the pain associated with this virus.
Margosa Leaves: This is an herb that you don’t often hear much about, but it works quite well as a home remedy for mumps. Taking this herb and combining it with turmeric can provide an essential and very helpful paste. This is to be rubbed on the source of the problem, and can provide overall healing for all the symptoms associated with the mumps virus.
Indian Aloe Supplement: This is not your typical aloe, as this particular supplement has marvellous healing powers for a virus such as this. Taking a leaf of the Indian aloe plant can help relieve much of the pain and swelling that is associated with mumps. By putting this leaf on the skin then placing a bandage over it, it will help provide instant relief.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
97 per cent of children affected by mumps had been vaccinated:www.naturalnews.com/038554_mumps_outbreaks_vaccinations_children.html
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
The MMR vaccination controversy: articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/24/new-evidence-refutes-fraud-findings-in-dr-wakefield-case.aspx
Home ayurvedic therapies for mumps: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bnq5LWcTkng
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Dangers of the MMR vaccine: www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-16575/MMR-vaccine-effects-fully-tested.html
Possible side effects of the MMR vaccine: pediatrics.about.com/cs/immunizations/a/mmr_vis_2.htm
British doctor, Dr Andrew Wakefield and his findings re dangers of MMR vaccination:articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/24/new-evidence-refutes-fraud-findings-in-dr-wakefield-case.aspx
Merck vaccine actually promoted spread of mumps: www.naturalnews.com/036328_Merck_mumps_vaccine_False_Claims_Act.html
Further Information (links and books)
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad firstname.lastname@example.org – herbalist.
Kath May email@example.com – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika email@example.com – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.