MumpsCauses

Mumps is caused by the mumps virus, which belongs to a family of viruses known as paramyxoviruses. These viruses are a common source of infection, particularly in children.

overview

Mumps is an infection that causes painful swellings in the sides of your face. It usually gets better on its own, but can make some people very ill.

symptoms

The main symptom of mumps is swollen glands on either side of your face. It usually takes about 2 or 3 weeks for symptoms to appear.

causes

Mumps is spread through coughs and sneezes. A person is most contagious a few days before the symptoms appear and for a few days afterwards.

prevention

The MMR vaccine can prevent mumps. The vaccine is given as part of the routine NHS childhood vaccinations.

treatments_overview

Always see a GP if you think you or your child has mumps. They may suggest things like rest, fluids and painkillers to relieve the symptoms.

Page last reviewed: 13/07/2018
Next review due: 13/07/2021