Are you suffering from Mumps?
Mumps is a highly contagious viral (infectious) disease caused by the mumps virus. Epidemic parotitis!
The scientific classification for mumps is virus family Paramyxoviridae and the genus Rubulavirus.
Mumps creates swelling of the salivary glands, especially the parotid glands, and sometimes of the pancreas, testes, or ovaries.
The Mumps Virus is highly contagious and spreads rapidly among people living in close quarters—the virus transmitted by respiratory droplets or direct contact with an infected person. Only humans get and spread the disease.
The most infectious period for mumps is usually about two days before until four days after the onset of the illness. Still, someone with the disease can be contagious for up to seven days before until nine days after the swelling of the salivary gland.
Signs and Symptoms:
Symptoms typically occur 16 to 18 days after exposure and resolve after seven to ten days.
Symptoms in adults are often more severe than in children.
About a third of people have mild or no symptoms.
Initial signs and symptoms often include
- High Fever
- Muscle pain
- Loss of appetite
- Followed by painful
swelling of one or both parotid (salivary glands)
Salivary gland swelling, if present, progresses to a maximum size over two to three days. The salivary glands return to average size within a week.
In males, tenderness of the testicles may occur, while females may have some lower abdominal pain.
Occasionally serious complications can occur,
- Including inflammation of the brain
- Spinal cord and
- Pancreas – pancreatitis (four per cent)
- Hearing loss and permanent deafness
- Men – testicular
inflammation which uncommonly results in infertility.
- Inflammation of the heart
- Women may develop ovarian swelling, but this does not increase the risk of infertility.
Complications may include meningitis (15 per cent)
Once an infection has run its course, a person is typically immune for life.
Reinfection is possible, but the ensuing disease tends to be mild.
Diagnosis suspected due to parotid swelling. Tested confirm by isolating the virus on a swab of the parotid duct.
We use various naturopathic principles to treat the cause and look for the disharmony in your body and mind to bring your body back to balance. Please see below a brief treatment (Rx) protocol and reference guide, with choices to help improve your health and wellbeing. Click on the headings and links within for more treatment information.
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Tissue Salt Rx
Nutritional Medicine Rx
Use Food as Medicine! Nourish your body and mind with fresh seasonal, whole foods. Clean unprocessed & unadulterated foods like nature intended. Support a back to the basic natural approach to eating. Visit your local farmer markets and buy organic produce where possible. Go vegetable crazy! Love your greens.
Food Sensitivity Testing is an easy way to take the guess work out of what may be contributing to you feeling unwell, suffering digestive problems, inflammation, bloating, skin conditions, asthma etc. A whole food natural diet is excellent to follow but what some people don’t realise is one man's food can be another man’s poison. Give your digestive tract a break and feed your body with food that heals. A stressed and inflamed digestive tract (gut) suffering dysbiosis needs help to build up a good microbiome balance. It is not only important for your ability to absorb and utilise nutrients but your gut health and immune system are inextricably linked. Seventy to eighty percent of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system and ninety percent of serotonin is made in the digestive tract. Serotonin is a key player in mood, anxiety, fear, and the general sense of happiness and wellbeing.
The intestinal microbiota (gut flora) helps in proper development of the host immune system, which in turn regulates the homeostasis of the microbiota. Good nutrition promoting good gut health microbiome promotes a healthy immune system.
The gastrointestinal tract is also sensitive to emotion. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.
Don’t diet! Listen to your body. Eat mindfully in a relaxed environment and choose quality, not quantity. Enjoy fuelling your body and treating it well.
Flower Essence Rx
- Bach Flower Essences
- Australian Flower Essences
Lifestyle Medicine Rx
Exercise and Fitness Management:Select an exercise activity or sport you enjoy. Choose something that works for you and aim for the 80/20 % approach and always listen to your body.
- Walking is a wonderful activity for all ages, shapes and sizes.
- Build up slowly but aim for 10,000 steps a day.
- I recommend investing in a motivational health monitor like ‘Fitbit’ and or an app like ‘MyFitnessPal’ to motivate you to have a go and strive to improve your fitness and maintain a healthy weight.
Hydration:Aim for 2 – 4 litres of clean, filtered water a day. One of the easiest ways to improve your health is to stay hydrated as your body is made up of 60% water and it needed by every cell of the body. Sugar, Salt and Coffee is dehydrating for the body. Often if you feel thirsty this is an early sign of dehydration. Make it a habit and drink throughout the day. Benefits include:
- Natural Detox – a naturally hydrated body purges the cells, eliminating stored toxins and bodily wastes.
- Digestion and Elimination – eliminates constipation, boating and helps improve general digestive disorders.
- Speeds Metabolism and helps with weight loss.
- Combats Fatigue – water is an important source of energy for your body.
- Reduces High Blood Pressure and Lowers Cholesterol.
- Speeds up Joint and Cartilage repair.
- Skin Health – improves Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis and Premature Skin Ageing.
- Slows the Ageing Process.
- Aim for 7 – 8 hours quality sleep.
- Turn off all electronic devices and avoid technology and hour before bed as this allows your brain to switch off and make it easier to fall asleep.
- Keep your bedroom just for sleeping & loving. Fresh Air – open a window. Light can make or break a good sleep cycle. Darken your room as much as possible.
- Don’t eat late in the night. Avoid caffeine and stimulants.
- Set your alarm to get to bed and wake at the same time every day.
- Night Cap: – Drink a warm lemon drink, herbal green tea or Golden Milk (Almond & Coconut Milk with beneficial spices) – “Turmeric Latte”, before bed.
- Create a nice environment with indoor plants, aromatherapy diffuser, soft relaxing music and anything that helps you promote a routine to wind yourself down to get much-needed sleep.