Mumps is a contagious viral disease. It causes painful swelling of the parotid glands and other symptoms, such as fever, malaise, lethargy, nausea and vomiting and headache. Parotid gland is one of the major salivary glands that is located in the cheek on both the sides near the jaw line just below the ears. The disease can occur at any age, but is most common in children and teens.
Expected duration of mumps
Symptoms of mumps usually start after an incubation period of about 16-18 days. Incubation period is defined as the time from initial infection (after being exposed to an infected person) to symptoms. This period may vary from 12-25 days.
Most cases of mumps have an uncomplicated course and the prognosis is excellent. The symptoms in these cases clear up completely in about 10 days without long-term complications. Infection with mumps provides life-long immunity i.e. after recovering from mumps, you will be immune to infection for the rest of your life.
Duration of illness may become prolonged if you develop complications. The risk of complications increases in people, who have mumps after puberty. Some of the common complications of mumps infection include:
In general, the time needed to recover from any complication is influenced by many factors including the severity of complication, your overall health and immunity.
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