Mumps : Salivary Gland Infections : Treatment
Mumps is a contagious disease that leads to painful swelling of the salivary glands. The salivary glands produce saliva, a liquid that moistens food and helps you chew and swallow.
There is no specific treatment for mumps. Ice or heat packs applied to the neck area and acetaminophen (Tylenol) may help relieve pain. Do not give aspirin to children with a viral illness because of the risk of Reye syndrome.
You can also relieve symptoms with:
- Extra fluids
- Soft foods
- Warm salt water gargles
Infection of other organs may occur, including orchitis.
MMR immunization (vaccine) protects against measles, mumps, and rubella. It should be given to children 12 – 15 months old. The vaccine is given again between ages 4 – 6, or between ages 11 – 12, if it wasn’t given before.
Recent outbreaks of the mumps have reinforced the importance of having all children vaccinated.