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Doctor insights on: How Long Does It Take For The First Symptoms Of The Mumps To Show Up

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Dr. Jeff McFadden
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Mumps (Definition)

A viral infection of children caused by the paramyxovirus virus. The salivary glands (especially the parotid glands behind the ears) swell. The paramyxovirus virus is spread by direct contact with an infected person's sneeze or cough. With nearly universal immunization in childhood, there are few cases ...Read more


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My daughter has a swollen gland in front of her ear i noticed yesterday, if this is mumps, how long until it gets bigger or shows other symptoms?

I see that she is: one year old. Has she had her MMR vaccine yet (measles, mumps, rubella)? If so, it is unlikely that this is mumps. Also, the location does not sound like mumps. I would still recommend having it checked by her doctor. An enlarged lymph node is a sign of an infection. It may be viral and not need treatment, but best to have it checked to be sure. ...Read more

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How long does it take for mumps to clear?

How long does it take for mumps to clear?

7 to 10 days: Parotid swelling, the most common manifestation, subsides within 7 to 10 days. Orchitis (swelling and tenderness of testicle) usually lasts for 3 to 7 days. ...Read more

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How long does it take for mumps to go away?

Mumps: Symptoms should usually subside over a week or two unless complications have occurred. ...Read more

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After the symptoms of mumps go away, how long do you remain contagious?

After the symptoms of mumps go away, how long do you remain contagious?

According to CDC...: According to the centers for disease control, people with mumps are considered most contagious a few days before symptoms occur until 5 days after the onset of inflammation and swelling of the parotid (mumps) glands. Therefore the cdc recommends isolating mumps patients for 5 days after their glands begin to swell. ...Read more

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I've had the mumps only on one side of my face, is it possible for the other side to show symptoms right after the other has healed?

Confusing issue: The swelling of the salivary glands can be caused by the mumps virus and can involve more one side than the other.The illness runs its course and after resolution you don't see the other side infected weeks/months/years later. The first infection gives permanent immunity.However, you can have non-mumps infections in either set of glands and if bacterial they may recur. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the mumps?

What are the symptoms of the mumps?

Mumps sxs: Symptoms of mumps could include swollen parotid glands, fever, headache, v appetite, fatigue, pain with swallowing. Rare complications could include testicular inflammation, pancreatitis, encephalitis, meningitis, hearing loss, mastitis & oophoritis. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of mumps?

What are the most common symptoms of mumps?

Parotitis: The commonest symptom is painful swelling or the parotid glad and fever. Mumps can be sub-clinical, i.e., infection may not cause any symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there any medications to take for mumps?

Not for the virus: There are no approved antivirals for the mumps virus. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about mumps - how long do they last?

Can you tell me about mumps - how long do they last?

7 to 10 days: Parotid swelling, the most common manifestation, subsides within 7 to 10 days. Orchitis (swelling and tenderness of testicle) usually lasts for 3 to 7 days. ...Read more

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Is there any known long term effect from having the mumps as a child?

Is there any known long term effect from having the mumps as a child?

Immunity: There is no significant long term effect of having childhood mumps other than immunity. It tends to ba a much harsher illness in adults. ...Read more

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Is there a virus with symptoms similar to mumps?

Is there a virus with symptoms similar to mumps?

Influenza, cold: The influenza virus and the common cold viruses (rhinovirus, coronavirus, corizyvirus, and adenoviruses all have symptoms very similar to mumps. The difference is longevity of illness with cold viruses generally lasting only a few days. Mumps and influenza viral infections are prolonged lasting several weeks. Early on in mumps people often think they have a cold virus due to similar symptoms. ...Read more

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What's d differences between mumps and tonsils swelling?? What is d symptoms of mumps??

What's d differences between mumps and tonsils swelling??  What is d symptoms of mumps??

Mumps: Mumps is a specific viral infection of the parotid gland which lies just forward of the ear. Symptoms are swelling, pain and fever. Tonsils are the the throat and are lymphatic tissues. Symptoms of tonsillitis are fever and sore throat. Tonsillitis can be caused by viruses or strep. Antibiotics only treat strep so both infections if viral must run their course of a week plus. ...Read more

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How long should i keep my one year old away from his cousin that has mumps?

Mumps: Mumps can take 14-25 days to show up. The person remains infectious 6 days before the infection appears and 5 days after -in most cases. ...Read more