Before you see your healthcare provider
If you think you or someone in your whānau has mumps, call your healthcare provider or Healthline for advice as soon as possible.
Call your healthcare provider before you visit them. Mumps is easily passed on from 1 person to another. Your healthcare provider will need to protect others against the risk.
How to get a diagnosis
A healthcare provider will usually diagnose mumps based on your symptoms. They will look for swollen glands and fever.
They might swab the lining of the inside of your mouth to test it. Sometimes, a blood test may be needed to help with the diagnosis.
If your symptoms are severe, or there are complications, a healthcare provider might ask for a blood or urine test, or a lumbar puncture or spinal tap (cerebrospinal fluid test) if you are in hospital.
Your healthcare provider may ask you about any recent travel overseas. The risk of mumps is higher in some countries that do not have the mumps vaccine as part of their immunisation schedule.