Mumps is a contagious viral disease caused by Mumps orthorubulavirus, with the common symptom of salivary gland swelling. Transmission is through inhalation, respiratory droplets and secretions, and close contact. Other symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle pain, malaise, appetite loss, and sore throat. Several inflammatory conditions accompanying mumps are nephritis, orchitis, mastitis, oophoritis, encephalitis, sialadenitis, pancreatitis, and aseptic meningitis. Deafness also occurs in some people. MMR vaccine helps to prevent the disease.

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Is it advisable to plan for pregnancy after having MMR vaccine 25 days back?

Query: Hello doctor, I got an MMR vaccine 25 days back, because rubella IgG was reactive, and IgM was nonreactive. And for toxoplasmosis IgG reactive and IgM nonreactive, I did a 15 days course of Rovamycine forte. Can I plan a pregnancy now? Or should I take Rovamycine forte for some more days?  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Rubella IgG positive indicates that you have immunity, and not infection, so no need to worry. Also, for toxoplasmosis, IgM is negative, which indicates there is no active infection, and it does not require any treatment. It indicates old infection. So, no need to wor...  Read Full »

Can I get MMR and flu vaccine on the same day?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a quick question concerning vaccinations. I want to get an MMR vaccine booster shot (I got it when I was a young boy, and again around when I was in college about 30 years ago) and my annual flu vaccine later this week. Can I receive these two vaccines together on the same day? I...  Read Full »

Dr. S D Sinha

Answer: Hi, Thanks for your query. I wanted to know whether you had taken MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine in childhood, and whether you had measles earlier. If not, then it is advisable. Even if you had the measles vaccine in childhood, without having measles, then also it is advisable. Also, w...  Read Full »

Why does the submandibular swelling remain the same after mumps infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I had mumps around eight years back. The infection resolved but my glands did not get back to their normal size. Rather they are present as a small hard lump. I do not have any issue with it, but I was wondering if this can pose some problems in the future. Can such lumps turn maligna...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is absolutely nothing that you need to worry about. Can you specify which glands have an underlying hard lump? If it is the parotid gland and you feel there is an underlying hard mass below, I would recommend an ultrasound of the same to ascertain what is the ca...  Read Full »

Which doctor specializes in cheek and throat problems?

Query: Hi doctor, For the last one and a half month, I have been having a swelling inside the cheek and some stiffness in the right throat. Rarely, I have gotten white and red patches. Now, I have one line in my lips and some small red dots, which come on and off. When I consulted a general surgeon, he sai...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditi Gupta Jha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You need to see a general physician to get treatment for this. This is most certainly an infection like mumps or rubella from your symptoms that you have described. It is a classic case with typical symptoms. It is a viral illness and you need antiviral therapy and not an...  Read Full »

Please interpret my immunization results.

Query: Hello doctor, I got immunization check as it is a university requirement and the following were the results. I have not been on medication for the following and also am not on any medication right now. Please interpret these results. 1. HAV-IgG to Hep A - 11.48 (reactive). 2. Mumps - 47 (positive...  Read Full »

Dr. Elvis Nderitu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to No need to worry despite the results turning positive. For instance, for hepatitis, the virus that is considered to be dangerous is hepatitis B, all the same, you need to take hepatitis immunization, which I believe is a requirement when joining the school. For the M...  Read Full »

I have swollen lymph nodes and tenderness in neck with hoarse voice. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am not currently taking any medication. I am a female, 18, of a healthy weight as I am very sporty. I woke up at 3 this morning due to discomfort in my throat, yet no actual pain. I also had a headache. Upon waking up again for the second time, I realized that on the right-hand side...  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O'kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Lymph nodes (glands) are located in many areas all around the body, including numerous nodes in the neck and jaw area. Lymph nodes typically swell or enlarge when there is an infection close by to their drainage area as they form an important part of the bodies immune res...  Read Full »

I have testicle pain after an episode of mumps. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I had mumps five months ago and after that, I started to have an infection in my left testes. It was swollen and now it has shrunk to almost half the size of the other one. As I am sexually active, I feel a pain in each of the vas deferens after sex. If I do not have sex for days, the...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. You had mumps and this is a viral infection known to cause an inflammation of the testis in some cases. Since this is a viral infection, and in most cases, a spontaneous recovery is seen, I do not see any benefit in giving antibiotics. T...  Read Full »

Please see if the MMR report is fine.

Query: Hi doctor, Recently, I had a blood test for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and the report that I got, am not able to interpret. Could you please see if the report is fine? Will I require a vaccination dose for the same (I had the vaccination in childhood)? Is it harmful to have the vaccination more ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have checked the attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The results for measles and mumps show high antibodies which mean immunity is either due to past infection or vaccination. As for rubella, the level of antibodies is low which means ...  Read Full »

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