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Mumps - Causes, Symptoms, Health Insurance Coverage


​What is Mumps?

Mumps is an infectious disease caused by a virus that transfers from an individual to another through close personal contact, saliva, and nasal secretions

The condition majorly affects the salivary gland, also known as parotid glands. These glands produce saliva. There are three different salivary glands on every side of your face, located below and behind your ears. ​


People who get infected with the mumps virus have either no symptoms or signs or very mild ones. When symptoms and signs do occur, they generally appear about three or two weeks after exposure to the virus.

The primary sign of mumps is swollen salivary glands that puff out your cheeks. Other symptoms and signs may include:

  • Pain in the swollen salivary glands on both or one side of your face
  • Pain while swallowing or chewing
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Loss of appetite

  • So, these were some symptoms of mumps.


    If you or your child has symptoms or signs of mumps, the doctor is likely to:

  • Ask whether you or your child might have been exposed to the virus and whether you have been vaccinated against mumps.
  • Suggest a blood test to analyze whether you have mumps virus or not.
  • Treatment
    Because mumps is a virus, it does not respond to other medications or antibiotics. However, you can cure the symptoms to make yourself more comfortable while you are sick. These include:

  • Rest when you feel tired or weak.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers, like ibuprofen and acetaminophen, to bring down your fever.
  • Calm swollen glands by using ice packs.
  • Drink a lot of fluids to ignore dehydration due to fever.
  • Eat a soft diet of yogurt, soup, and other foods that are not hard to chew.
  • Avoid acidic beverages and food that may cause more pain in your salivary glands.
    You can generally return to school or work about one week after a doctor analyzes your mumps if you feel up to it. By the point, you are no longer infectious. Mumps generally runs its course in a couple of weeks. Ten days after your illness, you should be feeling really better.
    The majority of people who get mumps cannot contract the disease a second time. Having the virus once protects you from getting infected.

    Health Insurance

    Nowadays, diseases are on the rise, and so does the cost of treatment. Paying medical expenses becomes even difficult when the person who brings in the money itself is admitted to the hospital. This is the reason why it's recommended to buy best health insurance from a reputed and well-known insurer such as Reliance General Insurance, which will provide financial coverage that can take proper care of all the medical expenses. Apart from cashless treatment, health insurance plans also deliver full coverage for pre and post-hospitalization costs, medical checkups, transportation charges, and room rental costs. Additionally, a health policy will also provide tax benefits under section 80D of Income Tax Act, 1961.​