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Treatment - Mumps

There is no cure for mumps. The infection usually passes within 1 to 2 weeks.

There are things you can do to help relieve symptoms.


  • get plenty of bed rest

  • take ibuprofen and paracetamol for pain and fever - do not give aspirin to children age 16 or younger

  • drink lots of fluids - avoid acidic drinks such as fruit juice

  • hold a warm or cool face cloth or towel to the swollen glands to help ease pain

  • eat soft foods such as mashed potatoes, ice cream, yogurt or scrambled eggs

Non-urgent advice: Speak to your GP if your symptoms:

  • do not improve after 7 days
  • suddenly get worse

Content supplied by the NHS and adapted for Ireland by the HSE

Page last reviewed: 14 April 2024
Next review due: 14 April 2027

This project has received funding from the Government of Ireland’s Sláintecare Integration Fund 2019 under Grant Agreement Number 123.