Mumps is a contagious infection caused by a type of virus called a paramyxovirus. Mumps normally affects children, but can occur at any age. It mainly affects the saliva-producing glands that are located near the ears. Mumps can cause swelling in one or both of these glands. Due to this swelling it often gives children and adults a distinctive “hamster face” appearance.
The following is a summary about the disease. For further details speak to your local pharmacist or GP.
Mumps is very contagious. It is spread in the saliva from an infected person coughing or sneezing. Or through touching objects which are contaminated with the virus (such as: door handles).1
Mumps is now rare in the UK as children are routinely immunised against mumps.
The incubation period for mumps is 14-25 days after infection. Symptoms include:
In some cases, mumps does not cause any noticeable symptoms.2
Occasionally complications may develop and can include:
In pregnant women, infection of mumps in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage.2
There is no specific treatment for mumps. The infection usually takes 2 weeks to pass and treatment aims to ease symptoms:
It’s important to prevent the infection spreading by:
The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination is given on the NHS as a single injection to babies as part of their routine vaccination schedule. It is given
MMR vaccination is also recommended for:
MMR vaccines contain live, attenuated (modified) strains of measles, mumps and rubella viruses. MMR vaccine does not contain thiomersal or any other preservatives.3
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