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What does it look like when you have mumps?

Page last updated 14 December 2021

Most people with mumps experience experience swelling of one or both of the parotid salivary glands. These glands are found in the cheeks and just below the ears. The swelling of these glands causes tenderness and pain.

Symptoms occur between 1225 days following infection.

Sources & Citations

5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. Hamborsky J, Kroger A, Wolfe S, eds. 13th ed. Washington D.C. Public Health Foundation, 2015.

6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mumps. For Healthcare Providers.  Available at (accessed 16 November 2021).

MAT-AU-2102447   Date of preparation December 2021