Natural Remedies for Mumps
Mumps is a condition that is often forgotten, it’s rare and manageable, but still threatens vulnerable and younger people with underlying health conditions.
Mumps is a very contagious viral infection. Although, since the MMR vaccine has been introduced, the number of people that have caught mumps has decreased; it is still found, particularly in children and teenagers, between the ages of 5-15.
Although there is no treatment for mumps, there are certain things that you can do to help yourself recover more quickly and a number of natural remedies that can be utilised.
Mumps is most recognisable by the swelling at the side of the face, under the ears, which can be very painful, and can give the distinctive ‘hamster face’ appearance. Other symptoms can include headaches, joint pain and a high temperature.
Like we have mentioned, mumps is contagious, so appropriate measures should be taken to ensure that the condition is not spread. It is spread in the same way that the flu virus is; and that is through droplets of saliva. They are most contagious a few days before the symptoms develop and for a few days afterwards.
If you do have mumps, or believe you are showing symptoms, please visit a doctor and be wary of basic hygiene, in order to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.
Ensure that you are getting enough rest:
In order to help to stop the virus from spreading, you should stay at home. It goes beyond this though, as it is also important to give your body proper time to rest and recover from the virus. Although bed rest is not always necessary, it is important not to do anything too strenuous, and to ensure that you are getting between eight and nine hours of sleep every night until you are better.
It is recommended that children and adults stay off work or school for at least five days after their glands have started to swell. If you have been diagnosed with mumps whilst you are attending university, it is important that you let people know to take appropriate measures.
Drink plenty of fluids, and consume electrolytes:
Like with any illness, you should be ensuring that you are upping your fluid intake. But, especially with mumps, because of the pain in your throat, it can make it hard to swallow or to chew food normally, and because of this, many people lose their appetite; however, with this, often people do not consume enough fluids either.
You have to drink plenty of water, in order to keep your immune system strong and functioning as it should do. Broths, soups and smoothies are a great way of getting added nutrients into the body, without having to swallow too much, plus they will up your fluid intake at the same time.
Ensure you sanitise your home properly:
Like we have said, good hygiene is key to stop this virus from spreading. Try and minimise the contact with other people in the home and ensure that surfaces are properly disinfected.
You can naturally disinfect your home using essential oils such as lemon and oregano; ensure that you are washing your hands regularly; covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough; not sharing a bed; and avoiding sharing drinks or any utensils until your symptoms have completely passed.
Use natural painkillers to control aches and pains:
Mumps can be very painful and uncomfortable, so it is important to manage these symptoms if you want a speedy recovery, and the good news is that this can be done naturally.
Try applying a homemade muscle rub that contains peppermint oil and rub onto sore areas; or an ice pack can be applied to swollen glands, which will help to relieve any inflammation or tenderness. Rotating between heat and ice is also a great way of getting relief.
An older remedy, but a good one is also to take an Epsom salt bath. Dilute two cups of salt into a gallon of water and add to your bath.
Take antiviral herbs:
Many herbs aim to boost the immune system and help to stop viruses from spreading. They are harmless and usually have very few side effects when compared with medication that you can purchase from the doctor.
They work by building the immune system up, rather than killing the virus, so your body learns to protect itself from the threat of these naturally. On top of this, they have many other health benefits that will generally make you feel much better.
Typical antiviral herbs include; elderberry; echinacea; calendula; astragalus root; garlic; oregano oil; and olive leaf extract.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet:
Nothing will make you feel better quicker than eating the right foods. A diet that is packed full of nutrients will help to lower the risk of mumps turning into something more serious.
If you are struggling to eat or chew properly because of pain or swelling, try to puree your food, or make smoothies and soups that are packed full of antioxidants. Cooked garlic, onions, berries, leafy greens, avocados, sweet potatoes, cooked apples, cooked carrots, peanut butter and seeds are all great options.
Boost your probiotic intake as well, by eating cultured vegetables, and yogurt to help improve your gut health, which in turn will boost your immune system. Try and avoid any food that are loaded with sugars, or artificial sweeteners, or processed meat, as this will only add to the inflammation.