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How long does it take to recover from mumps?

Page last updated 14 December 2021

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

2. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Mumps. Available at: (accessed 16 November 2021).


MAT-AU-2102447   Date of preparation December 2021