What causes mumps & what they look like. Mumps is infectious because it is produced by a virus and is spread through the airways. It is pathology typical of the months of August and September.
The real name of this disease is Parotitis but in the common one of the populations is known like Mumps.
The age at which it manifests is in early childhood, can go between 4 to 12 years, but this year cases were reported in adolescents. Although it is noteworthy that there were more cases in relation to other years.
What causes mumps?
The main cause is having contact with someone who has it, as it is transmitted through the saliva thrown when speaking, coughing or expel nasal secretions. The virus can last for seven days inside the body without presenting any symptoms.
Symptoms of Mumps virus
Loss of appetite
Inflammation of the parotid gland after 3 to 5 days with pain and edema (swelling).
Mumps incubation period
Mumps has an incubation period of 5 to 7 days, meaning that from the moment the person contacts the disease can take between 5 and 7 days to appear symptoms.
How much does mumps last
In general, the disease lasts 14 to 21 days; the first five days there is a greater manifestation of pain and then the symptoms are diminishing.
Treatment of Mumps
There is no specific treatment for mumps; usually, prescribe analgesics and antipyretic. The mumps is a self-limiting disease without the need of any specific treatment.
Vaccine for Mumps
Immunization against mumps is part of the current vaccination schedule, being administered by the MMR triple vaccine, which protects against mumps, measles, and rubella. The efficacy of the vaccine is greater than 95%. All adults not immunized against mumps in childhood can receive the vaccine.
Contraindications of a Vaccine for Mumps
Contraindications include pregnancy, patients with immunosuppression and people allergic to the antibiotic neomycin.
Transmission of Mumps
Mumps is transmitted from person to person through respiratory secretions, similar to what happens with other respiratory viruses such as the flu.
Photos of Mumps