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How long does it take to recover from mumps?

Page last updated 02 July 2018

Generally, people recover from the symptoms of mumps within a few weeks.

If left untreated, complications can occur due to the inflammation caused by mumps spreading to other areas of the body:

  • encephalitis (swelling of the brain)
  • meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain), 
  • hearing loss
  • miscarriage of an unborn child
  • inflammation (swelling) of the testicles (orchitis), ovaries (oophoritis) or breasts (mastitis)
  • Male infertility (possible but extremely rare).

Sources & Citations

  1. Mayo Clinic. Mumps Signs and Symptoms. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0135a - Date of preparation May 2018