Mumps and its Ayurvedic Treatment
Ayurvedic Name: Karnamulaka Jwara
What are Mumps?
Mumps is an infectious disease caused by a virus, named paramyxovirus. Mumps is a very common childhood disease which occurs mostly in winters. In this disease an enlargement of the two salivary glands in the cheeks at the angle of the jaw is seen. The disease is generally self-limiting, and there is no specific treatment apart from controlling the symptoms with painkillers and other ayurvedic and herbal remedies.
The disease has been recognized for several centuries, and is common in many countries of the world including United States, so getting a vaccination against mumps is very important.
Most people will make an easy recovery. Mumps is generally a mild to moderate illness, and it also recovers completely and there are no long term marks left.
Most common symptoms seen in mumps are painful swelling of the salivary glands and fever. Painful testicular swelling and rash may also occur. While symptoms are generally not generally severe in children's, but this disease if caused in teenagers and adults, it can be a very serious disease and can lead to many complications such as orchitis and result in atrophy of the testicles.
Causes of Mumps - How is it Spread?
Mumps is usually caused by a virus named paramyxovirus. Main attack of this virus is salivary glands. This virus is usually present in the infected person's saliva, nose and throat. So it can be easily spread by direct contact with saliva, like kissing of an infected person and a healthy person, or can also be spread through sharing objects contaminated with infected saliva (e.g. cups, utensils). This virus can also be spread when by breathing in droplets coming from infected persons cough or sneeze fall on a healthy person.
The incubation period (from initial infection to symptoms) of disease is quite long ranging from 2 -3 weeks. Paramyxovirus is spreads easily from person to person through infected saliva. An infected person can become contagious even 48 hours before the actual symptoms of mumps begin to be seen.
Anyone who is not immune from either previous mumps infection or from vaccination can get mumps. Before the vaccination was discovered for mumps in US, it was one of the most common diseases in small children. But now as vaccines are available against mumps so there are very less chances of falling sick due to mumps. Some rare people who get mumps, have very mild or no symptoms therefore there is not much danger. So, every child must be properly vaccine against mumps with the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination.
Main Symptoms of Mumps are given below:
The symptoms of mumps are fatigue, slight feverishness and a sore throat. Which may precede the swelling in your body and temperature upto 40°.There may be swelling of the testicles in males and the ovaries among females.
Main symptoms of mumps are given below:
Swelling of the parotid glands.
Slight Feverishness (for two to three days).
Loss of appetite.
Nausea and vomiting.
Lower Abdominal pain in Women.
Mumps is usually harmless and it's symptoms usually subside within ten days if starting infection.
Ayurvedic Medicine for Mumps