MUMPS and Nursing care



  • Incubation period: 14-21 days.
  • Causative agent : virus.
  • Method of spread: direct or indirect contact with salivary secretion of infected person.


Clinical manifestation:

  1. Salivary glands are chiefly affected (parotid,sublingual,and sub maxillary glands). Swelling and pain occur in these glands.
  2. Pain when drink or eat acidic food.
  3. Difficulty in swallowing. 4-Headache,fever and malaise.


  1. Sensorineural deafness.
  2. Post infectious encephalitis.
  3. Myocarditis,arthritis,hepatitis,infertility.

Nursing care

  1. Isolation until swelling subside.
  2. Bed rest until swelling subside.
  3. Liquid or soft food, restrict food containing acid.
  4. Local application of heat to salivary gland to reduce discomfort.

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