Treatment for mumps is focused on relieving symptoms until your body's immune system fights off the infection. There are currently no medicines to treat the mumps virus.

The infection usually passes within a week or two.

In the meantime, the measures below may help.

If your symptoms don't improve after 7 days, or suddenly worsen, contact your GP for advice.

Preventing the spread of infection

If you or your child has mumps, it's important to prevent the infection spreading, particularly to people who do not have immunity from a previous infection and have not been vaccinated.

The best way to do this is to:

Page last reviewed: 24 September 2021
Next review due: 24 September 2024