I think i have mumps. One side of my head behind the jaw is starting to swell/bulge and i need to get this cured fast since it's our exam this week (in 2 days!) and i can't miss the final exams. What should i do to treat my "mumps" immediately?

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replied December 26th, 2011
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

Mumps is a highly contagious viral infection with an incubation period of 14-18 days from exposure to onset of symptoms. The duration of the disease is approximately 10 days.

No specific therapy exists for mumps.

Treatment is focused on relieving symptoms until your body’s immune system manages to fight off the infection.
Get plenty of bed rest until your symptoms have passed.
Warm or cold packs for the parotid gland tenderness and swelling is helpful.
Eat foods that don't require a lot of chewing, such as soup, mashed potatoes and scrambled eggs.
Pain relievers including acetaminophen [Tylenol] and / or ibuprofen [Advil] are helpful to relieve the symptoms.

Methods to prevent spread of the infection: -
1. The best way to prevent spread of the infection is to - Stay away from school, college or work until five days after the onset of your symptoms.
2. Wash your hands regularly, using soap and water.
3. Always use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze. Throw the tissue in a bin immediately afterwards.

I hope this helps.

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