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Mumps is not an illness that gets a lot of attention in this day in age. In past decades, it was very common in the United States, but thanks to the mumps vaccine, there has been a huge decline in cases. The illness still exists, however. Children can still contract mumps, usually because they were not vaccinated against them when young. If a young one was to contract it, there are various treatments of mumps available to them.

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1. What is Mumps?

Mumps is a viral infection that affects the salivary glands near the ears and chin. When infected, these glands swell up and create a "hamster-like" appearance. There is technically no cure for mumps -- doctors can only treat the symptoms caused by the illness. In some cases, the infection can lead to complications such as hearing loss, or infertility in men, but one can usually avoid contracting the disease if they receive a vaccination for it in childhood.

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