Mumps is a rather unpleasant virus that can affect pretty much anyone at any time. It causes the glands that are placed around your neck, and between your ear you’re your jaw to swell, which is the symptom it is best known for, however there are several other symptoms of mumps which make it a miserable illness to tolerate and one that anyone affected by it will be glad to see the back of.
These affected glands actually make the saliva that helps you to chew and to swallow your food. Mumps is most common in younger children between the ages of 2 to 12 years old who didn’t get the mumps vaccine, which is obviously a controversial subject on its own. You can also get mumps as an adult if you did not get the vaccine as a child. Some people tend to call the virus ‘the mumps’, but both names refer to the same thing.
The first in this list is a mild symptom of mumps, which only usually last up to a month. A fever from mumps will more often than not resolve on its own. Resembling any typical fever, an infected person will go through a series of temperature changes, highlighted by their constant complaints of either being too hot or too cold and further evidenced by observations.
These observations may include the noticing of a person shivering, or indeed sweating profusely. For infants, young children and impaired adults, watching for the signs are important as the person may not be able to verbally communicate their symptoms.
The difference between the mumps related fever and a regular fever is that the fever caused by mumps usually sticks around a little while longer. The fever is responsive to over the counter fever reducers and it is recommended that a person’s temperature is periodically checked and recorded.