An acute viral infection, producing the typical swollen parotid (Salivary) glands on either side of the jaw. it can affect one side only in which casethe other side canalthough only rarely be affected if exposed to tevirus later in life. The most worrying complication for adults is a secondary swelling and inflammation of one or both testicles (oracbitis), but thisonly rarly causes any long-term problems. Alongside theswelling of the parotid gland (s) there there is usually afever symptoms settling down in a week or so. If thereisdifficultyin eating, give liquids or nourishing foods. Fluid is important because of the fever too, but avoid citrus juices which may increase saliva flow and add to the pains. A cold compress can be used to reduce the swelling a drop of Lavender oil May beused in this orperhaps use iced Lavender tea. Vitamin C may be givnen to boost the immune system, and herb teas taken to control the and act sgeneraltonic (see Measles for suggestions Homeopathic remedies to look at include Belladomma where the face is red and burning hot and Pulsatilla for ahigh temperature but a feeling of chill.