Mumps is a self-limiting viral illness. Symptoms improve in most cases with self care and medications to relieve pain and fever in a few days without any serious complications. In some cases it may cause severe symptoms or even involve other organs such as testes, pancreas, brain and/or tissue covering the brain and spinal cord, ovaries, breast besides salivary gland and cause complications.
Consult a doctor if an adult or child with mumps develops any of the following conditions:
Mumps in pregnancy
If you are pregnant consult a doctor immediately if you have mumps. Mumps infection in the first few weeks of pregnancy (12-16 week of pregnancy) slightly increases the risk of miscarriage. However there is no evidence to suggest that mumps increases the risk of birth defects.
Who to consult
Some health professionals who can be consulted for mumps include:
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