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What could be the cause of mild pain and minimal swelling on one side of my face following exposure to mumps?

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Dr. Kumar. M

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At August 26, 2023
Reviewed AtSeptember 16, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been exposed to someone with mumps, and two weeks later, I experienced a slight pain under my ear extending down to my chin. I also have some minimal swelling, but the pain disappeared the following day, and the swelling has not increased. The swelling is only noticeable when I touch the area. This started three days ago, and I am still feeling concerned. Could this be mumps? Am I contagious? How can I confirm the diagnosis? Kindly help.

Answered by Dr. Kumar. M


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understood your concern. Typically, mumps affects both sides of the face. So, how is your condition if you only experienced symptoms on one side? I am not entirely clear about what you mean when you say you were exposed to someone with mumps. Was that person in close proximity to you, or were they just a passerby? Based on the information provided, it seems unlikely that your symptoms are indicative of mumps. Mumps usually do not resolve within a day, and the swelling is typically more prominent. Therefore, there should not be concerns about contagiousness. To determine the cause of your symptoms and confirm the diagnosis, a clinical examination and laboratory tests are necessary. These tests can help identify the presence of antiviral antibodies and provide a clearer understanding of your condition. I hope this has helped you. Kindly follow up if you have more doubts. Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Kumar. M
Dr. Kumar. M

Otolaryngology (E.N.T)

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