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Mumps in the elderly. How to care for someone with mumps

Recently, the Clinical Institute of Infectious Diseases (Military Hospital 108) received an elderly patient with mumps.

PNN male patient (77 years old, living in Hanoi) was infected with mumps and was hospitalized on the second day of illness presenting with fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, and painful swelling of the salivary glands. parotid on one side, there are a few lymph nodes in the angle of the jaw, painful pressure.
Knowing that he had mumps, the patient was very worried about his illness. The patient was very surprised: “I thought only children could get mumps, but I didn’t expect an elderly person like me to get this disease?”.

Beware of mumps in the elderly - Photo 1.

The most common clinical manifestation of mumps is inflammation of the parotid salivary glands without pus. Illustration Istockphoto

Winter-spring outbreak of mumps

Doctor Nguyen Tri Thuc – Department of Digestive Diseases (Military Hospital 108) said: “Mumps is an acute infectious disease caused by the mumps virus, which is transmitted directly through the respiratory tract.

Mumps often causes epidemics in children and adolescents, less common in adults, epidemics usually occur in winter – spring.

According to Dr. Thuc, the most common clinical manifestation of mumps is inflammation of the parotid salivary glands without pus. Mumps can cause many complications such as orchitis, ovarian inflammation, encephalitis – meningitis, pancreatitis, deafness.

Hearing loss is a rare complication, which greatly affects the quality of life, irreversible deafness, usually deafness in one ear, rare deafness in both ears. However, if treated promptly and properly, the disease will be cured quickly and minimized complications affecting the patient’s life.

How to care for someone with mumps

Nurse Nguyen Khanh Linh (Department A4B-Clinical Institute of Infectious Diseases, Military Hospital 108) said that when someone in the family has mumps, family members need to let the patient lie down and rest in place, limit maximum movement.

When the patient has a high fever, use a warm towel to wipe the body, absolutely do not take a bath.

At the same time, caregivers need to wear a mask during the illness and keep a distance when in contact with others to avoid spreading the disease.

The diet for people with mumps is to eat liquids, foods that are easy to swallow, and avoid citrus fruits and citric acid (these fruits make the symptoms worse). Should add more green vegetables, cantaloupe and mango, avoid greasy processed foods;

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Mumps can be prevented with a vaccine. Illustration Istockphoto

Patients should drink plenty of water, regularly rinse their mouth with physiological saline or mouthwash; Keeping the room clean, well-ventilated, and taking advantage of sunlight

In particular, people with mumps do not want to reduce swelling but arbitrarily apply and apply drugs to the swollen area to avoid poisoning.

+ In addition to the treatment and care of mumps patients, we are also interested in disease prevention, regularly advising patients and their family on how to detect mumps patients early in the community. isolation and timely treatment.

“Currently, there is a vaccine to prevent mumps, so people should get vaccinated against mumps to avoid contracting the disease and affecting their health,” said nurse Le Thi Hang (Faculty A4B-Clinical Institute) Infectious Diseases, Military Hospital 108).

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