With any diagnosis of mumps, the first thing a person is usually concerned with is getting themselves well and ridding their body of the illness-causing infection. The thing with mumps though, is that it isn’t always as simple as that and there are some unfortunate and unpleasant complications that can occur in conjunction with mumps or as a direct result of the infection.
There are several specifically mums related problems that often occur with mumps. These complications can be very worrying for people directly affected and for the people they know, but looking on the positive side of things, it is true that these complications are rarely very serious and that they usually improve as the infection passes and leaves the body.
This article explores 8 of those complications, shedding light on what they actually are and on what a person can expect if they are unfortunate enough to experience them.
1. Swollen testicle
Uncomfortable pain and swelling of the testicle or testicles affect roughly 1 in 4 males who are infected with the condition known as mumps after puberty. The unpleasant and golf ball-like the swelling is usually very sudden and in most cases affects only one testicle.
There have been occasions where the swelling is bilateral, though not in most cases. It is also true that the affected testicle may feel warm and tender during the course of the swelling. In affected males, the swelling of the testicle normally starts to happen around 4 to 8 days after the original swelling of the parotid gland. In rare cases, swelling of the testicle can occur up to 6 weeks after the swelling of the glands, leaving many people confused as to how to piece together the two swellings.
A swollen testicle can be something that many men feel embarrassed or worried about getting seen to, but it really is a common complication of mumps that will usually pass on its own.