Mumps is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads from one person to another through direct contact and respiratory secretions.
You can get infected with mumps from breathing saliva droplets from an infected person who has just sneezed or coughed or by even sharing utensils or cups with someone who has mumps.
It primarily affects the salivary glands that are located at the back of the cheek between the ear and jaw. Mumps is common among children between the ages of 5 to 12 years old. However, adults could suffer from it also.
Symptoms of mumps include swollen and painful salivary glands, fever, headache, intense pain around the salivary gland, muscle aches, loss of appetite, fatigue, sore throat, sore ears, pain while talking, swallowing and chewing.
There is an incubation period of 14 and 24 days before symptoms start to manifest. As such, people could spread the disease before they are aware that they have mumps.
Mumps often runs its course and goes away naturally.
Below are 16 natural treatments and home remedies for mumps;
Make a paste of asparagus seed powder by adding little water to asparagus seed. Apply this asparagus paste to the affected area. Leave on the mumps for 30 minutes before cleaning off. Asparagus has antioxidants and minerals that help provide relief from symptoms of mumps.
2. Banyan Leaf
Clean one large banyan leaf and dab olive oil on it. Warm this leaf and place, as a poultice, to the affected mumps region. Leave there for a couple of hours or overnight. Banyan leaves have anti-inflammatory and healing properties that help reduce the pain and swelling as well as quicken the healing process.
Apply mullein tea to the mumps region. Do this several times a day. Extracts from mullein leaves have potent antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a good home remedy for mumps. Mullein also has cooling and soothing properties that relieve pain.
4. Baking Soda
Add water to baking soda to form a paste. Apply this paste to the affected region. Clean off after 5 minutes. Do this 2 or 3 times daily for a week. Baking soda has anti-inflammatory properties that help with the swelling. Also, the alkaline nature of baking soda helps to inhibit the growth of the mumps virus.
5. Chebulic Myrobalan (Haritaki)
Rub a paste of Chebulic myrobalan on the mumps. Chebulic myrobalan, also know as Terminalia Chebula, has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties that help reduce mump swelling.
Mix ginger powder with water to make a paste. Apply this paste to the affected part for 30 minutes. Clean off thereafter. Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties that help fight the mumps virus as well as reduce swelling, pain, and inflammation.
7. Fenugreek Seed
Grind fenugreek seed into powder and add little warm water to it to form a paste. Apply this paste to the affected area. Leave for 30 minutes before cleaning off. Fenugreek seeds are good for mumps treatment because of fenugreek’s potent antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
8. Chamomile Tea
Take chamomile tea 2 or 3 times a day. Chamomile tea has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help in controlling the swelling as well as soothing the pain. Chamomile also helps to inhibit the virus due to its antiviral properties.
9. Sacred Fig
Place a paste of sacred fig leaf poultice on the affected area. Leave it on the mumps for about 30 to 60 minutes. The sacred fig leaves have both antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that help inhibit the mump virus as well as reduce the mumps swelling and inflammation.
10. Aloe Vera
Gently rub fresh aloe vera gel on the mumps. Alternatively, drink aloe vera juice. Aloe vera has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and healing properties that help reduce swelling, reduce pain and also helps to quicken the healing process.
11. Basil Leaves
Steep basil leaves in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink the decoction thereafter. Basil leaves are effective in treating mumps symptoms such as a sore throat and helps make swallowing and chewing more comfortable.
12. Indian Lilac
Grind Indian Lilac leaves to powder. Add little water to this powder to make the powder pasty. Apply this Indian lilac paste to the affected area. Leave for 30 minutes to 60 minutes. Then, clean off thereafter. Indian lilac, aka neem or margosa, has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties for fighting the swelling caused by the mumps.
13. Avoid Some Foods
Avoid foods that involve a lot of chewing. You could take soups, broth or soft foods such as oatmeal, or mashed potatoes. Also, avoid sour foods. Sour foods such as citrus fruits and juices could stimulate the production of saliva which could contribute to aches around the affected part.
14. Stay Hydrated
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. You could also take herbal tea such as sage tea or chamomile tea. You could also avail yourself to various types of soups, such as chicken soup or vegetable soup, and broths.
Drink cleavers decoction, tea or infusion. Cleavers has anti-inflammatory properties, due to its flavonoids and tannins. This makes it effective for reducing the swelling of the parotid glands.
16. Warm Or Cold Compress
Use warm or cold compress to ease the pain caused by the swollen glands. For a cold compress, you could wrap an ice pack in a clean cloth and place on the affected region. For a warm compress, you could place a heating pad on the affected region. Either cold compress or warm compress would help with the pain caused by the mumps.
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