mumps

Treat the Mumps Naturally

Mumps is one of a number of childhood diseases that are currently seeing an increase in the number of cases seen. It is easily recognizable as it causes noticeable swelling on the sides of the face under the ears giving people a chubby-cheeked appearance. It is very important that you isolate yourself or your child if you have the mumps for a week after showing symptoms. Remember to inform co-workers and school administrations as the mumps is highly contagious.

 

How do I know if I have the mumps?

  • Swelling along the jaw line
  • Painful chewing
  • Painful swallowing
  • Headache
  • Joint Pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • High Temperature

 

How do I prevent the mumps?

The best way to prevent mumps is to have your children and yourself vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.

 

How can I treat the mumps?

  • Stay hydrated!
  • Get lots of rest so your body can fight the infection.
  • Apply warm, moist heat to painful and swollen areas to help decrease pain and swelling.
  • Eat soft foods that are easy to chew.
  • If you are a male after puberty your testicles may swell. Treat this with ice packs to relieve pain and swelling and provide support by wearing an athletic supporter.
  • You can make a paste of ginger and water and apply it to swollen areas around the ears to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Rub aloe vera gel on any inflammation to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Eat foods high in vitamin C to help boost the immune system.
  • Drink lots of fruit juices, broths and other liquids but avoid those high in sugars, preservatives or those that may be sour.
  • Avoid acidic and sour foods as these stimulate saliva production which can worsen pain.
  • Avoid meats as they can be hard to chew.
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