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Symptoms of mumps improve with self care and medications to relieve pain and fever in a few days without any serious complications in most cases. Consult a doctor if you have severe symptoms of mumps (such as high fever, severe swelling and pain in parotid for more than few days) or you develop new symptoms suggestive of complication.
Mumps is caused by a virus. The disease can occur at any age but is most common in children aged 2 – 12. Swelling of the parotid salivary gland is the characteristic symptom of mumps. Other symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, sore throat, body pain and lethargy, and headache. Treatment of mumps aims to relieve symptoms and includes self care and medications to relieve pain and fever.
Symptoms of mumps usually start after an incubation period of about 16-18 days. Symptoms in most people clear up completely in about 10 days without long-term complications. Duration of illness may prolong if you develop complications.