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How long does it take to recover from mumps?

Page last updated 09 April 2020

Generally, a case of mumps without complications gets better within two weeks.

Rarely, complications can occur due to the inflammation caused by mumps spreading to other areas of the body. These can include:


  • encephalitis (swelling of the brain)
  • meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain),
  • hearing loss
  • miscarriage in the first trimester of pregnancy
  • inflammation of the testicles (orchitis), ovaries (oophoritis) or breasts (mastitis)
  • Male sub-fertility and rarely, infertility.

Sources & Citations

3. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Mumps. Available at: (accessed 13 March 2020).

4. Australian Government, Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Mumps. Available at: (accessed 13 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0135(1) - Date of preparation April 2020