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|Home Remedies for Mumps. (Inflammation of Parotid Glands)
Mumps refer to a virus infection of the salivary glands, gonads, and, occasionally, other parts of the body. It is an infectious
disease that occurs most frequently in children and young persons between the ages of five and fifteen years. Most persons
have mumps only once in their lives, but one person in ten may have a second attack.
In children, the first sign of mumps is swelling of the salivary glands, but adults sometimes run a temperature and feel ill a
couple of days before the glands enlarge.At first, the swelling is often uncomfortable or painful. If the disease occurs after
puberty, the testicles may become swollen and painful in males; a similar condition may affect the female ovaries, sometimes
leading to sterility.
|Mumps is caused by a virus which attacks the salivary glands, particularly the parotid glands located on each side of the face
just below and in front of the ear. The incubation period of the disease is about two weeks. Dietetic errors are at the root of the
Mumps Home Remedies with Asparagus:
The seeds of asparagus are valuable in mumps. These seeds, combined with an equal proportion of fenugreek (methi) seeds,
should be ground together to the consistency of a paste. This paste can be applied over the swellings.
Home Remedies for Mumps with Ginger:
Dry ginger is considered beneficial in the treatment of mumps. It should be made into a paste and applied over the swollen
parts. As the paste dries, the swelling will be reduced and the pain will also subside.
Dietary Considerations for Mumps
To begin with, the patient should be kept on a diet of orange juice diluted with warm water on a 50:50 basis, for a few days. If
the orange juice does not suit the patient, the juices of other fruits such as lemon (mossambi), apple, pineapple, grapes; or
vegetables like carrots should be given.
When the patient can swallow food comfortably and the swelling has subsided, an all-fruit diet should be adopted for a day or
two. Thereafter, he may be allowed to gradually embark upon a well-balanced diet of natural foods, with emphasis on fresh
fruits and raw vegetables.
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