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Mumps

MUMPS

 

DEFINITION

 

Mumps is a viral infection which affects the parotid glands, salivary glands below and in front of the ears. The disease spreads through infected saliva.

 

MODE OF TRANSMISSION

 

By airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes).

By touching a contaminated surface (blanket or doorknob).

By saliva (kissing or shared drinks).

 

CAUSATIVE ORGANISM

 

Paramyxovirus, a member of the Rubulavirus family. 

 

PERIOD FOR DEVELOPMENT

 

The infectious period is considered from 2 days before to 5 days after parotitis onset, although virus has been isolated from saliva as early as 7 days prior to and up to 9 days after parotitis onset. Mumps virus has also been isolated up to 14 days in urine and semen.

 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

 

Pain in the swollen salivary glands on one or both sides of your face

Pain while chewing or swallowing

Fever

Headache

Muscle ache

Weakness and fatigue

Loss of appetite

 

COMPLICATIONS

 

Mumps complications include orchitis, oophoritis, mastitis, meningitis, encephalitis, pancreatitis, and hearing loss.

 

DIET & MANAGEMENT

 

Diet includes:

 

🔻Cereals 

🔻Oatmeal

🔻Mashed potatoes 

🔻Soups

🔻Fruits

🔻Ginger

🔻Garlic

🔻Black pepper

🔻Paneer

🔻Beans

 

Things to be avoided:

 

🔻Meat

🔻Citrus foods

🔻Processed foods

🔻Foods hard to chew

 

MANAGEMENT

 

Mumps can be managed by some of the home remedies like”

🔻Warm salt water gargle.

🔻Ice or heat packs applied to the neck area to relieve pain.

🔻Use a warm or cold compress to ease the pain of swollen glands.

 

Medical management

 

Patients diagnosed with mumps should be isolated for 5 days from the onset of symptoms to minimize the risk of infecting others.

 

A supportive medical care is indicated for patients with mumps. No antiviral agent is indicated.

 

Homoeopathic Remedies for Mumps

 

Belladonna is one of the best remedy for mumps.

 

Phytolacca decandra is good for hard tumours.

 

Pulsatilla nigricans is indicated when the ear eache is very severe. Also, when mumps affect testes or

mammae.and they become inflammed.

 

Abrotanum can be used when Pulsatilla fails.

 

Parotidinum, the nosode, is used as a preventive against the infection.

 

Pilocarpinum is an excellent remedy as a preventive.

 

 

Author:

Dr Yashika Arora 

B.H.M.S., N.H.M.C., D.U. (2011-17)

M.D. Scholar, D.K.M.M.H.M.C., Aurangabad. (2017-18)

S.T.S.H. Research Scholarship Awardee by C.C.R.H. (“Role of homoeopathy in Alopecia Areata” -2015-16)

Organising secretary of DREAMS Innovative Homoeopaths.

Editor, DREAMS (e-journal)

Ads Controller for DARE journal (Drona Academy of Research and Education, Ludhiana)

Ex-President of Homoeopathic Medical Association, Delhi (2017-18).

Ex-Student Coordinator of I.I.H.P. (2017).

Ex-Editor of magazine “Homoeomiracle” & “Dum Spiro Spero” (online journal).

Lifetime member of many associations and working for the upliftment of homoeopathy and health.

Author of various articles published in peer-reviewed journals, magazines, online journals and pages.

Weekly Page writer for She&Her Trust and DARE facebook page.

Organiser of numerous national conferences as well as regional seminars and whatsapp CMEs.

Hosted various National and International conferences.

Speaker in various conferences, on the topics like One-sided diseases, Paper on “Role of Dulcamara in warts”, Day to day clinical practice in homoeopathy, Kali group, Aurum group, Homoeopathic aetiology of autoimmune disorders.

Poster Presenter in National Convention by C.C.R.H., 10 April, 2018

Achiever of “Project on Drug Proving”, by C.R.I.H. Noida. (2016-17)

Winner of essay competition by I.I.H.P. on “Homoeopathy as a Science and art” (2015) and

“What constitutes a Homoeopathic remedy?” (2018)

Winner of essay competition by H.M.A.I. on “Relevance of Organon in Homoeopathic Practice”. (March, 2019)

Appreciation Award, by Delhi Board of Homoeopathic system of medicine and Delhi

Homoeopathic Federation on 22 April, 2018

Winner of Open Discussion Forum for August, 2018, organised by B.Jain Publishers, for Homoeopathic Heritage

Monthly Winner of Online Quiz Competition (November, 2017, February, 2018 & August 2018), organised by DARE, Ludhiana

Homoeo Icon Award by Delhi Homoeopathic Federation on 28 April, 2019

Chikitsa Seva Ratna Award by Bhartiya Homoeopathic Panel on 21 July, 2019

 

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