A mumps virus infection can have similar symptoms as other medical conditions. Some of these conditions include:
- Influenza (the flu)
- Drug reaction, including a reaction to iodine known as "iodine mumps"
- Parotitis caused by other viruses
- Mononucleosis (mono)
- Hodgkin's disease
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus)
If your doctor suspects mumps, he or she will consider these conditions and rule them out before making a mumps diagnosis.