Ambiguity (pixsky) wrote in thequestionclub,

Anyone here ever had the mumps or other wildly contagious illness for which you are meant to kind of quarantine yourself away?

Despite having the vaccine as a kid, I've just been diagnosed with mumps, which has an infection period stretching back a week before symptoms appear, and 9 days after. Most people who had the vaccine actually acquired some immunity, so it is at least looking like most of my friends and housemates, with whom I spent time before I even knew I was ill - will be safe. Trouble is, the only thing the doctor has really advised me to do is sleep, take ibuprofen, and not infect anyone else. I was wondering if anyone else has had anything similar to this and wants to offer some advice as to how to deal with the various symptoms of mumps (pain and swelling of the parotid gland, around the ear and throat), and also, how to get through life without causing infection. I'm down to my last tin of soup!
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