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right side of neck swollen, and both sides of face in front of both ears are swollen as well. i was told it might be my salivary gland. do you think i could have mumps

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replied March 6th, 2009
Measles and Mumps Answer A5985

The location of the lumps might indicate inflammation of salivary glands.
Whether it is caused by mumps can not be told without additional tests.
Mumps is an infection disease in which virus causes salivary glands to swell. The location is in front of the angle of the lower jaw. Usually the glands swell on both sides. However, mumps start with some not specific symptoms such as fever, for up to 48 hours prior to the swelling of the glands. Since the condition is caused by a virus, nothing can be done. It lasts for 7 to 10 days. You should have in mind that in men, there is a possibility that the testicles might swell, too. This condition is considered serious, because it can cause infertility. Therefore, lying in bed and rest during the illness is recommendable.

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