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5 Signs and Symptoms Of the Mumps

Mumps is a viral infection that affects your salivary glands. It is easily spread through saliva or respiratory fluids by means of coughing and sneezing and used to be commonplace not too long ago. In 1967, mumps vaccination (MMR) had become a routine childhood vaccination to help prevent it along with measles and rubella. Vaccinations are not fool-proof however, and it is still possible for you to contract the virus. This is especially true if you are exposed repeatedly to an environment that can harbor it such as a school where there are plenty of shared drinking receptacles, dirty hands, and used tissues. While about 20 percent of people who contract the mumps will have no symptoms, most people will experience these common issues.

Fever. A fever is a typical bodily response to an infection and a vital part of your body’s defense. Since viruses thrive in normal body temperatures, a rise in temperature helps combat the infection. Fever that accompanies a mumps infection is usually high-grade. The definition of a high-grade fever is not universal since a healthy individual will have fluctuations in their temperature throughout the day. However, as a general standard, anything between 100.4 and 103 degrees Fahrenheit is considered high-grade. This symptom usually lasts about 3 or 4 days before you see a significant drop back to normal ranges.

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