When to see a GP

The NHS says it’s important to contact your doctor if you suspect mumps so a diagnosis can be made.

While mumps isn’t usually series, the condition has similar symptoms to more serious types of infections, such as glandular fever and tonsillitis.

The health body says: “Your GP can usually make a diagnosis after seeing and feeling the swelling, looking at the position of the tonsils in the mouth and checking the person’s temperature to see if it’s higher than normal.

“Let your GP know in advance if you’re coming to the surgery so they can take any necessary precautions to prevent the spread of infection.

“If your GP suspects mumps, they should notify your local health protection team (HPT). The HPT will arrange for a sample of saliva to be tested to confirm or rule out the diagnosis.”


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