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Can Mumps be prevented and are there treatment options?

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Prevention of mumps involves reducing the transmission of infections. This includes:1

  • not sharing eating utensils or drink containers;
  • washing hands often with soap and water;
  • cleaning surfaces frequently handled by others, such as toys, doorknobs, tables, and counters;
  • staying home if sick;
  • covering the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing of the tissue immediately.

There is no specific treatment for mumps except alleviation of symptoms with rest, hydration, soft diet, pain relievers, cool compresses and avoidance of acidic foods and beverages.2

IMPORTANT NOTE: NVIC encourages you to become fully informed about Mumps and the Mumps vaccine by reading all sections in the Table of Contents, which contain many links and resources such as the manufacturer product information inserts, and to speak with one or more trusted health care professionals before making a vaccination decision for yourself or your child. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.

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1 CDC. Mumps Outbreak-Related Questions and Answers for Patients. Nov. 20, 2017

2 Roth E. Mumps: Prevention, Symptoms, and Treatment Healthline. Jul. 31, 2017

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