Diagnosing mumps 

If you suspect that you or your child has mumps, it's important to see your GP for a diagnosis.

Let your GP know in advance of your surgery visit so any necessary precautions to prevent the spread of infection can be taken.

Mumps can usually be diagnosed from the symptoms, in particular the swelling of glands in the sides of your face (parotid glands).

If you have mumps, your GP can see and feel the swelling. By looking inside your mouth, they may be able to see that your tonsils have been pushed out of their usual position.

Your GP can also check your temperature to see if it is higher than normal.

If your GP suspects mumps, they should notify your local health protection unit (HPU). The HPU will arrange for a sample of your saliva to be tested to confirm or rule out the diagnosis.

Read about treating mumps.


Page last reviewed: 20/08/2013

Next review due: 20/08/2015