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The only certain cure for mumps is time, although the mumps vaccine has proven to be a limited cure of sorts. People seeking relief from associated symptoms often use things like warm compresses and medication to help control fever or pain. Perhaps one day, research scientists will create a cure for mumps that kills the virus.
When a person is infected with the mumps virus, there is only one cure for mumps -- time. Fortunately, in most cases, the body is able to effectively kill the mumps virus. After 1 to 2 weeks, mumps symptoms have usually faded. During this time, treatment for mumps is supportive, meaning the symptoms and possible complications of mumps are treated. In most cases, there are no long-term effects from mumps. However, in rare cases, severe complications can occur, including deafness.
The best cure for mumps is preventing it in the first place. Mumps prevention is best accomplished with the mumps vaccine.
Prior to the mumps vaccine being licensed in 1967, 100,000 to 200,000 cases are estimated to have occurred in the United States each year. Fewer than 300 cases of mumps were reported in 2003.
Typically, mumps vaccine in the United States is administered as the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella). Data from outbreak investigations have shown that the effectiveness of MMR against mumps is approximately 80 percent after one dose, and limited data suggests effectiveness of approximately 90 percent after two doses. Since the vaccine is not 100 percent effective, some cases can occur in vaccinated persons.