Mumps is a contagious viral infection which causes swelling and pain in the salivary gland. It is quite common in children and youngsters. Usually a person has mumps only once in life, but there may be some who may be affected second time.
The patient’s throat and neck swells up, making it difficult for the patient to speak or eat.
Also see: Causes and Symptoms of mumps
There are many effective natural home remedies for mumps which are safe and provide relief from pain without any harmful side effects.The following are some useful home remedies for mumps:
Margosa Leaves: The leaves of margosa are very effective home remedy for mumps. The leaves mixed with turmeric should be made into a paste and this must be applied on the swollen or infected parts.
Banyan leaves: Banyan leaves are a useful home cure for mumps. They relieve the patient of the pain and help in getting rid of the infection soon. The leaves should be smeared with ghee and heat before applying. The leaves should be secured with bandage over the affected part and left for overnight, for better results.
Fenugreek seeds: Fenugreek seeds are an excellent home remedy for mumps as it contains anti viral and anti inflammatory properties. It also has other beneficial medicinal properties which make it a very useful home remedy for many viral infections including mumps.
Dry and powder the fenugreek seeds and make into a paste and apply it over the affected part for relief from pain. This powder can be mixed in water and be taken several times to get better results.
Hot fomentation: Hot fomentation can be applied over the affected parts and this can be done at least three times a day for best results. It can be followed by cold fomentation.
Patient affected by mumps must have a very balanced diet. Diet should comprise of lots of fruits and vegetables. The patient should also drink lots of water.
In the initial phase of infection, the patient must take plenty of liquid or juice diet as it will be difficult for him to swallow solid food till the swelling comes down.
To start with the patient can take orange juice diluted with warm water for a few days. He can increase the intake of orange juice as it has essential minerals helpful in treating mumps.
When the patient is in a condition to swallow food, an all fruit diet can be taken for a day or two. This should be followed by a diet of natural food with emphasis on fruits and raw vegetables.
A warm water enema should be taken daily when on a juice diet. Acidic foods must be avoided.
Causes and symptoms of mumps
Mumps is mainly caused by the invasion of virus in the salivary glands. The parotid glands are usually the most affected, which is located on each side of the face, just below the front of the ear. Usually the disease last for about two weeks. Wrong diet can worsen the disease, so it is important to follow a very healthy diet to get rid of the disease.
Symptoms of mumps:
Patients affected by mumps can notice a number of symptoms like:
- Swelling of salivary glands, neck and face
- Headache, fatigue, loss of appetite
- Low fever and vomiting
- The swelling may be near the lower ear and jawbone
If the disease occurs during puberty, the testicles of males may be painful and swollen and in females it may affect the ovaries. If not treated properly, it may lead to infertility.