Kawasaki Disease

Kawasaki disease is a type of childhood illness where the blood vessels are affected. The symptoms of this disease is severe which makes ...


Kawasaki disease is a type of childhood illness where the blood vessels are affected. The symptoms of this disease is severe which makes the parents of the patients fear. Although, a lot of children with Kawasaki disease easily heal and bounces back to a normal state.

Kawasaki disease may harm coronary arteries, which brings blood to the heart. The children who were able to heal from this sickness are continously monitored by doctors even after weeks or months of recovery.
Kawasaki diease is common to children under 2 years old. Children above 8 years old rarely gets this illness. It is not contagious so it cannot be transmitted from one child to another.

Here are the following symptoms of Kawasaki disease:

Fever that lasts up to 5 days


Body rash
Redness of eyes
Red and swollen lips

Swollen and red hands/palms

Swollen and red feet/sole

Swollen lymph nodes(neck)        
As soon as a child has these symptoms, make sure to bring the child immediately to the doctor for check-up to be able to help avoid other complications like heart problems.
Treatment starts in the hospital for Kawasaki disease. It includes injection of immunoglobulin (IVIG) medicine to lessen the chance of getting blood vessel inflamation. ASA therapy is then followed at home after the patient comes out from the hospital. Because of the risk of Rye syndrome, the child shouldn't be given the ASA without consulting a doctor. If ever a child taking ASA medicine gets chickenpox or flu (influenza), make sure to immediately bring the child to a doctor to get checked-up.


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