Mumps symptoms: Complications
Mumps can possibly spread to other parts of the body. Once it does, it can lead to further complications. These risks are more likely if you contract mumps as an adult.
Here are some possible complications from contracting mumps:
For men, the virus can spread from your parotid glands to your testicles. This will usually cause only one testicle to swell and become tender. While rare, a swollen testicle due to mumps might cause infertility
Just like in men, the virus can also spread to a female’s reproductive organs. This can cause lower abdominal pain, fever, and a general feeling of being sick. Luckily, this is a rare occurrence and these symptoms will usually abate once the body has fought off the sickness.
Viral meningitis occurs if mumps ends up spreading to the brain. Unlike bacterial meningitis, the risk of death from viral meningitis is low. The patient will however end up developing flu-like symptoms as well as sensitivity to light, soreness in the neck, and headaches.
The virus can also spread to the pancreas. While rare, this can cause you to feel a sudden pain in your belly. Along with pain, you might also experience diarrhea, a loss of appetite and jaundice.
While incredibly rare, contracting mumps can lead to a condition known as encephalitis. This is potentially life threatening and requires intensive care.
Mumps symptoms: Treatment and prevention
There is currently no cure for mumps. Most treatment is centered around relieving and alleviating symptoms until your body’s antibodies fight the virus off. Adequate bed rest and proper nutrition is advised while you are fighting the virus. In addition, you should take care not to spread the virus further by isolating yourself.
While there is still no cure for mumps, there are vaccines that you can take to provide immunity against it. It is advised to get a shot to prevent yourself from contracting it.
While it’s a harmless childhood infection, mumps can still be concerning if contracted by adults. Mumps symptoms include getting a headache, joint pain, dry mouth, fever, and painful chewing and swallowing. Proper vaccination is needed as a precaution against this virus.
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