A highly contagious disease, mumps is an infection caused
mostly in the salivary glands and gonads. At times, it might be seen at the
other parts of the body as well. People usually experience mumps in the age
group of 5 to 15 years. The main symptom of mumps comprises of the swelling in
the salivary glands. Mostly, a person is infected with mumps only once in a
lifetime. However, there might be rare cases, where the infection occurs for the
second time as well. Though there are no specific treatments for mumps, they can
be alleviated with the help of home remedies Symptoms
- Swollen, painful salivary glands, on one or both sides of the
- Pain while chewing or swallowing
- Weakness and fatigue
- Muscle aches
- Loss of appetite
- Sore throat
- Mild abdominal pain
- Dry mouth
The main cause of mumps is Paramyxovirus. The virus mainly
infects the saliva of a person and spreads easily from one person to another. A
highly contagious disease, mumps spreads when you come in contact with an
infected person who has just sneezed or coughed. Some other ways, through which
the virus can spread, include sharing utensils with an infected person. At
times, parotid glands swell due to the influenza virus or Coxsackie virus,
making a person susceptible to mumps. Lack of immunisation and weakened immune
system also adds to the risk of getting infected with mumps. Treatment
- Rub Chebulic myroblan herb in water. Apply this paste over the
swelling. This is an effective home remedy for curing mumps.
- Smear the leaves of peepal leaves with clarified butter and warm
them over fire. Place these leaves over the swelled area and bandage
- Peel one side of the herb Indian aloe. Warm the peeled side and
sprinkle some turmeric powder over it, along with the extract of
Indian barbery. Place it over the inflamed area and bandage it
- The seeds of asparagus and fenugreek are beneficial in treating
mumps. Take equal proportions of asparagus and fenugreek seeds and
grind them. Adding some water, make a paste out of it. Apply this
paste over the swellings to get relief.
- Grind dry ginger and make a paste with water. Apply this paste
over the infected area. Not only would this reduce the swelling, but
also subsidize the pain.
- Mash the leaves of margosa and add some turmeric powder and
water, to form a paste. Apply this paste over the affected area. It
would prove effective in treating mumps.
- It is advisable to avoid any kind of acidic food. The patient
suffering from mumps should not be given citrus juices and curd.
Instead, water and vegetable soup should be preferred.
- Liquids like rice water, flavored with some ghee and taken along
with raw mango pickle, are amongst the ideal foods during mumps.