Mumps is a highly contagious virus that easily spreads from one person to another through direct contact and respiratory secretion. It is caused by an organism known as aparamyxovirus. It mainly affects the parotid glands that are around the angle of our jaw in front of and beneath each ear.
This virus generally spreads via coughing or sneezing of an infected person, which results in the transmission of germs. Kids between the age of 5 and 10 years are more prone to mumps. Once you get infected with the mumps virus, your body develops immunity against this disease for long.
Mumps can be recognised easily due to the swelled up jaw and cheeks. The symptoms of mumps, usually, appear after 15-25 days a person get infected. Some other symptoms of mumps include headache, slight fever, muscle pain, dry mouth, fatigue, difficulty in swallowing, loss of appetite, earache. It is difficult to get rid of mumps easily. However, it is less infectious than chickenpox and measles.
Here are some effectual home remedies for mumps that can provide you relief from the severe pain without any adverse effects. Moreover, a patient needs professional help for the treatment of mumps along with proper medications.
Home remedies to get rid of mumps
Ginger is well off with antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties which builds immunity against infectious disease. Dry some fresh ginger root in the sunlight and later make a powder of it. Otherwise, buy dry ginger powder from the market. Mix 1 tbsp of ginger powder with water and make a thick paste. Apply it on the cheeks, under the jaw line. Clean it with a wet cloth after it dries. Apply this paste 2-3 times daily for a week to get significant relief from pain and swelling.
- Alternatively, include grated ginger in your meals and soups to speed up the healing process.
- Moreover, apply ginger or garlic paste onto the affected part.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda contains alkaline properties that restrict the development of those viruses that causes mumps. Combine a dash of baking soda and a little water to make a paste. Apply it on the cheeks. Leave it for 2 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. Do this thrice a day.
3. Orange Juice
Extract orange juice and add lukewarm water in equal proportion. Include it in your daily diet to speed-up the healing process.
4. Carrot and Pineapple Juice
Carrot juice when mixed with grape and pineapple juice works wonders in treating mumps. Drink this juice in moderation to get rid of mumps.
Garlic is well off with therapeutic properties that help cures several ailments. Peel some garlic cloves and crush them. Apply them directly over the affected area to get quick relief from pain.
- Moreover, have garlic-onion soup sprinkled with a dash of pepper. All the three ingredients are packed with anti-inflammatory properties which helps alleviate inflammation.
6. Hot Water
Boil a few glasses of water and drink them gradually. It is the simplest as well as an effective remedy for mumps.
7. Potatoes and Pepper
Potatoes are affluent in carbohydrates and proteins while pepper contains anti- inflammatory properties which soothe inflammation. Boil one-two potatoes and mash them with the help of a fork. Now, sprinkle some pepper powder and consume it. The anti-oxidant properties improve the immune system, and analgesic properties reduce pain.
8. Liquid Oatmeal
It becomes difficult to chew the solid food due to the pain and swelling in jaw. Since, oatmeal is high in proteins, it becomes the best option. It also contains soluble fibers that slow down the process of digestion, thus, satiate your appetite for longer.
9. Warm/Cold Compresses
This one is an easy to use remedy. Simply apply an ice pack or a heating pad on the swollen glands multiple times a day to treat the inflammation and swelling associated with mumps. Each session requires 15-20 minutes.
10. Rice water
Take one cup of rice and boil them in 2 cups of water. Now filter this solution and give it to the patient. Since the water is full of starch, it provides required nutrition to the person affected from mumps. Moreover, a dash of salt and a spoon of clarified butter can also be added for better flavor.
Herbal Remedies for Mumps
11. Indian Lilac
The leaves of Indian lilac have antiviral properties which effectively combat the inflammation associated with mumps. Crush a handful of Indian lilac leaves and then form a paste with water. Now, add one and half tsp of turmeric powder. Apply this paste on the swollen area. Leave it for 30 minutes. Later, wash off with lukewarm water or clean with a warm washcloth. Do this once in a day for a week.
Asparagus is packed with vital nutrients and minerals that defend the body against the mumps virus. Mainly, seeds of the asparagus are used for its treatment. Take 3 tsp each of fenugreek seed powder and asparagus seed powder. Combine both and add a little water to form a paste. Use this paste on the swollen area. Let it dry on its own. Later, clean it with a wet washcloth. Do this twice a day for 10 days.
13. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiviral properties that help reduce the pain and inflammation. Take an aloe vera leaf; peel off its skin to extract gel. Now mix a pinch of turmeric with it and massage it on the swollen area of the throat. Leave it for 30 minutes and clean it off with a warm washcloth. Do this thrice a day for at least a week.
- Alternatively, drink 2 ounces of aloe vera juice daily to improve the immune system and to speed up the healing process.
14. Chebulic Myrobalan
Chebulic myrobalan herb is popularly known for its anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. Take 2 chebulic myrobalan fruits and put them under sunlight for 5 to 6 hours. Then, grind them in a mixer after it completely dries. Now, make a paste by adding a little water to it. Apply the paste on the areas of the throat and neck. Do this two – three times a day for at least a week in order to treat symptoms.
15. Sacred Fig (Ficus religiosa)
The antiviral properties of sacred fig leaves destroy the virus that causes mumps. In addition, the anti-inflammatory attribute of this herb reduces the swelling and inflammation. Take 2 large sacred fig leaves and clean them properly. Now, spread clarified butter or oil on them. Warm these leaves and put them on the painful area. Fix them with tape; it will work as an herbal bandage. Remove it after 30 minutes. For best results, use it two times a day for at least a week.
16. Fenugreek seeds
Fenugreek seeds contain strong anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties that help treat the mumps. Grind 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds to make a fine powder and add some lukewarm water to make a paste. Apply it on the swollen area. Clean it with a cloth after 30 minutes. Repeat this two times a day for a week.
- Instead, add one tbsp of fenugreek seeds in a glass of lukewarm water. Drink it twice a day.
The soothing properties and cooling effects of mullein speed up the healing process. On the other hand, anti-inflammatory and antiviral effect of mullein extracts reduces pain and irritation. Take 1 tsp of dried mullein leaves and put them in a cup of boiling water. Let them steep for 10 minutes. Now, dip a clean cloth in the mullein tea and compress it over the swollen area for few minutes. Repeat this process frequently to get some relief.
- Alternatively, drink 2 cups of mullein tea.
18. Banyan Tree Leaves
The banyan tree has been used for curing several ailments. Simply take one large leaf of the banyan tree and clean it properly. Dab some clarified butter on it. Warm it and apply over the swollen area. Leave it overnight and fix it with tape. Repeat it two times a day for a couple of days.
19. Black pepper
Grind some black pepper to make a fine powder. Add some water to make a paste. Apply it over the swollen parts. This remedy will surely reduce the inflammation and cure mumps in the shorter time.
20. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile contains anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help heal the pain and alleviate inflammation. It destroys the virus and checks their growth. To fasten the recovery process, sip chamomile tea 2-3 times a day.
Note: It is not recommended for children.
21. Holy Basil
It is one of the best herbal cures for treating sore throat associated with mumps. Steep some fresh basil leaves in a cup of water for 10-15 minutes and drink this decoction to soothe your sore throat.
Cleavers is a rich source of flavonoids and tannins that gives anti-inflammatory effects. It is actually a medicinal herb that is used to cure several ailments. It treats microbial infection and inflammation of glands. You can drink its infusion to get relief from mumps. Take one full teaspoon of this dried herb, soak it in water overnight and drink thrice a day.
23. Black Cohosh
Take a cup of warm water and add 30 drops of echinacea tincture and 20 drops of black cohosh tincture in it. Stir it well and drink thrice daily.
- Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Have a balanced diet.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Include lots of fluids and juices in your diet.
- Get proper rest.
- Isolate yourself to prevent it from spreading.
- You can put on an athletic supporter.
- Cover your neck with a scarf.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Patient should avoid consuming acidic and solid foods.
- Avoid foods that need more chewing.
- Don’t share your utensils and drinks with others.