A peculiar disease called mumps causes the inflammation of the salivary glands in the region of the ear; this disorder called the mumps is a viral infection common during childhood and is also known medically as parotitis because the parotid glands happen to be the most likely place of infection. Symptoms such as a fever, a heavy headache, the loss of appetite, malaise and aching muscles are how an attack of mumps typically starts off in the body. This phase is followed by the development of a painful sensation in the region of the ears and in the areas underneath the jaw begins roughly twenty four hours after the appearance of initial symptoms. The salivary glands become tender and swell up over the next one to three days because of inflammation. It normally takes between three to four days for the swelling to subside; this swollen look is the typical physical symptom of mumps.

Physical contact with infected and pathogen carrying saliva is the real cause of this illness and also the typical way in which it is transmitted from one person to another. Similar in epidemiology to measles and chickenpox, it is still less contagious than these two diseases. Before signs of infection appear a child is infected with the virus, can go two to three-and-a-half weeks in a normal way after initial infection. The infective period of a child with mumps is about six days before the appearance of symptoms and up to nine days after the glands have swelled and inflammation has set in on the affected area.

Children between the ages of five and fifteen are the age group in which mumps typically strikes. Mumps is benign in that it does not usually cause complications to develop and acts out in a self-limiting manner and runs its course without creating additional disorders for the affected child. There is a potential problem arising in boys affected by mumps, this complication is that the virus may attack the testicular tissues of the boy. Pain and swelling are the only symptoms in the majority of cases, but unfortunately for some; it can cause infertility in the future; this is especially so when a teenager or a young adult contracts the disease.

Supplements and herbs

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Headaches can be relieved through the use of a tincture of arnica or peppermint oil as a topical measure for rubbing onto the head. The tincture of arnica can be rubbed into the temple or forehead area, the oil of the peppermint can also be rubbed directly into the temple area. Do not use these tinctures on areas of broken skin and maintain extra precautions in keeping the tinctures away from your childrenís eyes when rubbing it in.
For your attention: allow an interval of at least an hour between the use of a homeopathic remedy and the use of peppermint oil as a supplemental treatment. This must be maintained because the strong smell of the peppermint may interfere with the action of the homeopathic remedy and render it ineffective. Restlessness in children can be curbed by the use of a cup of chamomile tea, taken two times each day or as and when needed. A combination herbal formula made from the Echinacea and goldenseal can effectively help fight viruses and boost the immune system functioning of the individual. This herbal combination formula also soothes irritated mucous membranes. Children can be given dosages of a single dose, thrice each day, for a total treatment period of one week or till the fever is resolved and the swelling in the salivary glands goes down. The immune system functioning can also be boosted through the use of shiitake mushrooms as an herbal and food supplement. These mushrooms are available in a capsule form and can be used in this way by children. Dosage of the mushroom for children over the age of twelve years is a single capsule, taken thrice daily, for up to ten days in total. The swollen salivary glands can also be topically treated through the use of castor oil packs to be rubbed as a soothing topical measure. To prepare these packs, heat some castor oil to a warm and soothing temperature; careful, this must not be too hot, soak clean cotton cloths in this oil, and topically apply these packs onto the swollen salivary glands every day as a topical measure.


All the homeopathic remedies give below can be used three or more times each day of the treatment period, this can be done till the symptoms such as the swelling and the pain abate, at such a stage the dosage can be reduced to a more appropriate dosage level.

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