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When should I worry about my mumps symptoms?

If you contract mumps, chances are good that you will recover without lasting ill effects in about two weeks' time -- however, you may run the risk of infecting others, and there is a chance of dangerous complications. You should call your doctor to confirm that your symptoms are indeed mumps, and to be checked for any danger signs. He or she can recommend a course of action (what to do if the mumps make it difficult to eat or drink, for example) and tell you what to watch out for. Be alert for known complications -- if you are male and your testicles become swollen and inflamed due to mumps, you may be suffering from orchitis. If you experience abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting, you may have pancreatitis; if you have seizures, a stiff neck, confusion or disorientation as a result of mumps infection, you may be suffering from meningitis or encephalitis. If your symptoms become worse after 2 weeks, contact your doctor.

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