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Mumps Healing Diet

Submitted by Loring A. Windblad on March 19, 2010

Mumps Effective Natural Cures

Mumps commonly affects children between the ages of five and twelve. It is a viral infection that manifests as swollen salivary glands. Adults may also contract mumps if they have not been inoculated against the virus. Mumps is generally rampant during the period between the end of winter and the beginning of spring. If you have been infected by the mumps virus once, the condition generally doesn’t recur.

In addition to swollen salivary glands, patients may also experience a general feeling of fatigue. While caring for mumps at home, it is important to make certain dietary adjustments. Firstly, due to the swollen salivary glands, the patient may find it difficult to eat solid food.

Therefore, a fluid diet is recommended for the first few days of mumps. A diet for measles should ideally include plenty of water, fruit juices, soups and broths. However, citrus fruits tend to aggravate symptoms of mumps.

It is thus best to avoid citrus fruits if you are suffering from mumps.

Moreover, citrus fruits contribute to the production of acidity and should thus be excluded from a mumps healing diet. However, vitamin C is a necessary component for a mumps diet and citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C.

You should therefore include foods like cantaloupes and mangoes to compensate for vitamin C in a mumps healing diet. The fluid diet should be followed with a soft diet that is easy to chew and swallow.

Swelling and throat irritation are mumps symptoms that take some time to recede. Thus, a soft diet should be maintained for a few days after a fluid diet. A soft diet includes foods like rice porridge and runny oatmeal. Such foods are easy to swallow and easy to digest. Avoid meat in a mumps healing diet as this is very difficult to digest and swallow. You should also avoid processed foods in a diet for treating mumps as such foods are not only difficult to digest, but are filled with additives that may be potentially harmful at time when your immunity is compromised.

In addition, oily and fatty foods tend to aggravate mumps symptoms. Avoid all oily foods while caring for mumps symptoms. Certain spices are very beneficial in a mumps treatment diet. Spices like black pepper help alleviate symptoms of mumps. Ginger and garlic are also very effective in the treatment of mumps. Include generous quantities of garlic and ginger in a mumps healing diet.

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