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What are the symptoms of mumps?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Mumps causes fever, headache, and painfully swollen salivary glands. It can lead to meningitis and brain swelling. In very rare cases, mumps can cause testicles to swell, which can lead to infertility.
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Some people who catch mumps show no symptoms. If symptoms are to appear, they will typically do so two or three weeks after you are exposed to the virus. The parotid glands, located beneath the ears on both sides of the neck, may become inflamed and sore. It may hurt to chew and swallow. You could experience fatigue, weakness, and fever.

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