Can you get mumps at any age?
Most cases of mumps occur in young adults (usually born between 1980 and 1990) who did not receive the MMR vaccine as part of their childhood vaccination schedule or did not have mumps as a child. Once you have been infected by the mumps virus, you normally develop a life-long immunity to further infection.
What age group is most affected by mumps?
The disease is most common in children — about 90 percent of all mumps infections occur in children 15 and younger. However, it’s becoming increasingly common for older teens and adults to get the mumps if they weren’t vaccinated as children.
Who is most at risk for mumps?
What are risk factors for contracting mumps? Age: The highest risk of contracting mumps is to a child between 2-12 years of age. Season: Outbreaks of mumps were most likely during the winter/spring seasons.
Does mumps cause death?
Death from mumps is exceedingly rare. There have been no mumps-related deaths reported in the United States during recent mumps outbreaks.
What are the stages of mumps?
The prodromal phase typically has non-specific, mild symptoms such as a low-grade fever, headache, malaise, muscle pain, loss of appetite, and sore throat. In the early acute phase, as the mumps virus spreads throughout the body, systemic symptoms emerge. Most commonly, parotitis occurs during this time period.
What happens if mumps left untreated?
Mumps may lead to meningitis or encephalitis, two potentially fatal conditions if left untreated. Meningitis is swelling of the membranes around your spinal cord and brain. Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain.
How many times can you get mumps?
Can someone get mumps more than once? People who have had mumps are usually protected for life against another mumps infection. However, second occurrences of mumps do rarely occur.
How do doctors treat mumps?
There are currently no medications to treat the mumps virus. The infection usually passes within a week or two.
How long do mumps last?
A: Mumps can be serious, but most people with mumps recover completely within two weeks. While infected with mumps, many people feel tired and achy, have a fever, and swollen salivary glands on the side of the face.
What can be mistaken for mumps?
- Allergic rhinitis.
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia.
- Common cold.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease.
- Irritable bowel syndrome.
Should I go to the doctor for mumps?
If you think you or someone else has mumps, call your doctor for an appointment. And remember, it’s contagious. Avoid close contact with other people until at least 5 days after symptoms appear. But you may be able to spread the virus as much as seven days before and 9 days after your glands first begin to swell.